Federal Register International Trade Alert for 23 December 2019

FR Alert - Covering:12/23/2019


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is proposing to amend its regulations to implement a provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to allow importation of certain prescription drugs from Canada. If the rule is finalized as proposed, States or certain other non-federal governmental entities would be able to submit importation program proposals to FDA for review and authorization. An importation program could be co-sponsored by a pharmacist, a wholesaler, or another State or non-federal governmental entity. The rule, when finalized, would contain all requirements necessary for a State or other non-federal governmental entity and its co-sponsors, if any, to demonstrate that their importation program will pose no additional risk to the public's health and safety. In addition, the proposed rule would require that the State or non-federal governmental entity and its co-sponsors, if any, explain why their program would be expected to result in a significant reduction in the cost of covered products to the American consumer. DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments on the proposed rule by March 9, 2020. Submit comments on information collection issues under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) by January 22, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments as follows. Please note
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are not being provided to Ozdemir Boru Profil San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Sti. (Ozdemir), an exporter/producer of heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes (HWR pipes and tubes) from the Republic of Turkey (Turkey), during the period of review (POR) January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable December 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaron Moore or Janae Martin, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3640 or (202) 482-0238, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 21, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Results of this administrative review.\1\ For a description of the events that occurred since the Preliminary Results, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.\2\ The deadline for the final results of this administrative review is December 19, 2019. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding its administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on cold- rolled steel flat products (CRS flat products) from Brazil for the period of review (POR) January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018. DATES: Applicable December 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Miller, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3906. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On September 3, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the CVD order on CRS flat products from Brazil for the POR.\1\ Commerce received a timely request from the petitioner, United States Steel Corporation, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.213(b), to conduct an administrative review of this CVD order for seven companies.\2\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-70 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 18, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [[Page 70515]] [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.020 Transmittal No. 19-70 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government of Ukraine (ii) Total Estimated Value:
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-35 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 17, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. BILLING CODE 5001-06-P [[Page 70510]] [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.007 BILLING CODE 5001-06-C Transmittal No. 19-35 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-72 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 18, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. BILLING CODE 5001-06-P [[Page 70512]] [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.018 BILLING CODE 5001-06-C Transmittal No. 19-72 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(5)(C) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-0M with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 18, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [[Page 70508]] [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.021 Transmittal No. 19-0M REPORT OF ENHANCEMENT OR UPGRADE OF SENSITIVITY OF TECHNOLOGY OR CAPABILITY (SEC. 36(B)(5)(C), AECA)
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of [[Page 70503]] section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-69 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 18, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.019 [[Page 70504]]
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-25 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 17, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [[Page 70519]] [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.014 Transmittal No. 19-25 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government of Hungary (ii) Total Estimated Value:
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the [[Page 70517]] House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-28 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: December 17, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. BILLING CODE 5001-06-P [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.016 BILLING CODE 5001-06-C [[Page 70518]]
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification. [[Page 70506]] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karma Job at karma.d.job.civ@mail.mil or (703) 697-8976. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104- 164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 19-29 with attached Policy Justification. Dated: December 17, 2019. Aaron T. Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23DE19.015 [[Page 70507]] Transmittal No. 19-29
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') proposes to amend the test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, and miscellaneous refrigeration products (collectively ``consumer refrigeration products''). The proposed test procedure amendments would, among other things, define the term ``compartment,'' and revise the method for including the energy use of automatic icemakers and certain other energy-using functions. DOE is also proposing to adjust the standards for these products to ensure that this change in test methodology does not require manufacturers to increase the efficiency of already compliant products or allow previously non-compliant products to meet the current energy conservation standard. DOE is announcing a public meeting and comment period to collect comments and data on its proposal, and methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the test procedures' representativeness of energy use during an average use cycle or period of use. DATES: Meeting: DOE will hold a public meeting on January 9, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Washington, DC. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. See section V, ``Public Participation,'' of this document for webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participan
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: This notice announces an interim determination classifying North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation as a nationally recognized certification program under the Department of Energy's (DOE's) regulations regarding recognition of nationally recognized certification programs and procedures for recognition and withdrawal of [[Page 70521]] recognition of accreditation bodies and certification programs for electric and small electric motors. DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to the Advanced Energy Petition until January 22, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number ``EERE- 2019-BT-PET-0019-0008,'' by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Email: AdvEnergyElecMotorsPet2019PET0019@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (``CD''), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. DATES: Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than February 21, 2020) to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice must include the OMB Control Number 1651-0002 in the subject line and the agency name. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments: (1) Email. Submit comments to: CBP_PRA@cbp.dhs.gov. (2) Mail. Submit written comments to CBP Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washin
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. DATES: Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than January 22, 2020) to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail to dhsdeskofficer@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177, Telephone number 202-325-0056 or via email CBP_PRA@cbp.dhs.gov. Please note that the contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. Individuals seek
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the name of a person who has been removed from the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List). Their property and interests in property are no longer blocked, and U.S. persons are no longer generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OFAC: Associate Director for Global Targeting, tel.: 202-622-2420; Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, tel.: 202-622-2490; Assistant Director for Licensing, tel.: 202-622-2480; or Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs, tel.: 202-622-4855. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Availability The Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) and additional information concerning OFAC sanctions programs are available on OFAC's website (https://www.treasury.gov/ofac). Notice of OFAC Actions
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: Following receipt on December 6, 2019, of a request from the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Commission instituted Investigation No. TA-201-75 (Modification), Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled Into Other Products: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the Safeguard Measure under section 204(a)(4) of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) to advise the President of the probable economic effect on the domestic crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cell and module manufacturing industry of modifying the safeguard measure on imports of CSPV products, as described in Proclamation 9693 of January 23, 2018. DATES: January 6, 2020: Deadline for filing written submissions. January 13, 2020: Deadline for filing responses to written submissions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Leader Dylan Carlson of the Office of Industries (202-205-3457 or dylan.carlson@usitc.gov) or Deputy Project Leader Lauren Gamache of the Office of Economics (202- 205-3489 or lauren.gamache@usitc.gov) for information specific to this investigation. For information on the [[Page 70566]]
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing antidumping duty [[Page 70497]] (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on imports of aluminum wire and cable from the People's Republic of China (China). DATES: Applicable December 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Decker or Caitlin Monks at (202) 482-0196 and (202) 482-2670, respectively, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In accordance with sections 705(d) and 735(d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), on October 30, 2019, Commerce published its affirmative final determination in the less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigation of aluminum wire and cable from China, and its affirmative final determination that countervailable subsidies are
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The initial set of exclusions from the additional duties imposed in this investigation are scheduled to expire on December 28, 2019. On October 31, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to [[Page 70617]] extend particular exclusions for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to extend certain exclusions for 12 months. DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will apply as of December 28, 2019 and extend for one year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about this notice, contact Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Benjamin Allen, or Director of Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann, at (202) 395- 5725. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product exclusions identified in the Annex to this notice, contact traderemedy@cbp.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a Special 301 review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Based on this review, the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) determines which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. USTR requests written comments that identify acts, policies, or practices that may form the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country or placement on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. USTR also requests notices of intent to appear at the public hearing. DATES: February 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for submission of written comments, hearing statements, and notices of intent to appear at the hearing from the public. February 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for submission of written comments, hearing statements, and notices of intent to appear at the hearing from foreign governments. February 26, 2020: The Special 301 Subcommittee will hold a public hearing at the Office of the United State Trade Representative, 1724 F Street NW, Rooms 1&2, Washington DC. If necessary, the hearing may continue on the next business day. Those who
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The U.S. Trade Representative has determined the U.S. dollar procurement thresholds to implement certain U.S. trade agreement obligations, as of January 1, 2020, for calendar years 2020 and 2021. DATES: This notice is applicable on January 1, 2020, for calendar years 2020 and 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Psillos, Director of International Procurement Policy at (202) 395-9581 or Kathryn.W.Psillos@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12260 (E.O.) requires the U.S. Trade Representative to set the U.S. dollar thresholds for application of Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.). These obligations apply to covered procurements valued at or above specified U.S. dollar thresholds. In conformity with the provisions of the E.O., and in order to carry out U.S. trade agreement obligations, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined the U.S. dollar procurement thresholds, effective on January 1, 2020, for calendar years 2020 and 2021 as follows: I. World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement A. Central Government Entities listed in U.S. Annex 1: (1) Procurement of goods and services--$182,000; and
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