FR Alert – Covering:09/03/2020

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is requesting public comments on the effectiveness of its licensing procedures as defined in the Export Administration Regulations for the export of agricultural commodities to Cuba. BIS will include a description of these comments in its biennial report to the Congress, as required by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, as amended (TSRA). DATES: Comments must be received by October 5, 2020. ADDRESSES: Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov_you can find this notice by searching on its regulations.gov docket number, which is BIS-2020-0028. All comments (including any personally identifying information) will be made available for public inspection and copying. By mail or delivery to Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2099B, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. Refer to RIN 0694-XC064. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Salinas, Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance, Telephone: (202) 482-4252. Additional information on BIS procedures and previous biennial reports under TSRA is available at http://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/country-guidance/sanctioned-destinations/13-policy-guidance/country-guidance/426-reports-to-congress. Copies of 
[20-19471][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Based on a request from Maodi Solar Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd. (Maodi Solar), the Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from the People’s Republic of China [[Page 54994]] (China) shall be revoked, in part, with respect to certain off-grid portable small panels. Commerce invites interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable September 3, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Turlo, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3875. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 18, 2015, Commerce published AD and CVD orders on solar products from China.\1\ On June 17, 2020, Maodi Solar, an exporter of 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders and findings with July anniversary dates. In accordance with Commerce’s regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews. DATES: Applicable September 3, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda E. Brown, AD/CVD Operations, Customs Liaison Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-4735. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce has received timely requests, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), for administrative reviews of various AD and CVD orders and findings with July anniversary dates. All deadlines for the submission of various types of information, certifications, or comments or actions by Commerce discussed below refer to the number of calendar days from the applicable starting time. Notice of No Sales 
[20-19504][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on stainless steel sheet and strip (SS sheet and strip) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period of review (POR) April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review. DATES: Applicable September 3, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leo Ayala, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3945. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On April 1, 2020, Commerce published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the AD order on SS sheet and strip from China for the POR.\1\ On April 30, 2020, Commerce received a timely-filed request from AK Steel Corporation; Allegheny Ludlum, LLC d/b/a ATI Flat Rolled Products; North American Stainless; and Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC (collectively, the petitioners) for an administrative review of 152 Chinese producers and/or exporters, in 
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing this interim final rule to further implement the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, by adjusting for inflation its civil monetary penalties for failure to comply with certain recordkeeping and reporting requirements, which are contained in OFAC’s Economic Sanctions Enforcement Guidelines in OFAC’s Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations. DATES: This rule is effective October 5, 2020. Comments must be received on or before October 5, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions on the website for submitting comments. Refer to Docket Number OFAC-2020-0001. Mail: Attn: Request for Comments (Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties Related to Reporting and Recordkeeping), Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Freedman’s Bank Building, Washington, DC 20220. Refer to Docket Number OFAC-2020-0001. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and the docket number that appears at the end of this document. All comments, including att
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. DATES: See Supplementary Information section for effective date(s). 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Availability The Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List and additional information concerning OFAC sanctions programs are available on OFAC’s website (https://www.treasury.gov/ofac). Notice of OFAC Action(s) 
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Office of United States Trade Representative is announcing the effective date of modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) concerning the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). DATES: This notice is applicable on November 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Senior Associate General Counsel Joseph Johnson at (202) 395-2464 or Joseph_M._Johnson@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background Section 1206(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (1988 Act) (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)) authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the HTSUS based on the recommendations of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) under section 1205 of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005) if the President determines that the modifications conform to U.S. obligations under the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Convention) and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States. The ITC has recommended modifications to the HTSUS pursuant to section 1205 of the 1988 Act to conform the HTSUS to amendments made to the Convention. 
[20-19507][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on July 29, 2020, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Steel Technology, LLC d/b/a Hydro Flask of Bend, Oregon and Helen of Troy Limited of El Paso, Texas. A supplement was filed on August 18, 2020. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain vacuum insulated flasks and components thereof by reason of infringement of: (1) The sole claims of U.S. Design Patent No. D806,468 (“the ‘468 patent”); U.S. Design Patent No. D786,012 (“the ‘012 patent”); U.S. Design Patent No. D799,320 (“the ‘320 patent”); and (2) U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,055,784 (“the ‘784 trademark”); U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,295,365 (“the ‘365 trademark”); U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,176,888 (“the ‘888 trademark”); and U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,806,282 (“the ‘282 trademark”). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by the applicable Federal Statute. The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a general exclusion order, or i
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