FR Alert – Covering:01/15/2020

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain cold- rolled steel flat products from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period of review (POR) January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018. DATES: Applicable January 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John C. McGowan or Glenn T. Bass Jr., AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3019 or (202) 482-8338, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 1, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain cold-rolled steel flat products from China.\1\ On July 31, 2019, Commerce received a timely request for review from ArcelorMittal USA LLC, California Steel Industries, Inc., Nucor Corporation, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and United States Steel Corporation (collectively, the petitioners) and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A)
[20-00491][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is conducting the 24th administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on fresh garlic from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of review (POR) for this administrative review is November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018. Commerce preliminarily determines that mandatory respondent, Shijiazhuang Goodman Trading Co., Ltd. (Goodman), sold subject merchandise to the United States at less than normal value (NV). We also preliminarily find that the review requests made by the Coalition for Fair Trade in Garlic, and its individual members (collectively, the CFTG), and Roots Farm Inc. (Roots Farm) were not valid, and accordingly have preliminarily rescinded the review with respect to nineteen companies, including the other mandatory respondent, Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice Co., Ltd. (Harmoni). We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable January 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Wallace or Alex Cipolla, 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) 482-6251 or (202) 482-4956, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
[20-00492][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revised thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative. DATES: Effective: January 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 550-0935 or by email at camara.francis@gsa.gov for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at (202) 501-4755. Please cite FAC 2020-04, FAR case 2019-012. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Approximately every two years, the trade agreements thresholds for the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) and the free trade agreements (FTAs) are adjusted according to predetermined formulae under the agreements. These thresholds become effective on January 1, 2020. On December 23, 2019 (84 FR 70615), the United States Trade Representative published new procurement thresholds. The United States Trade Representative has specified the
[20-00025][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rule appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2020-04, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding this rule by referring to FAC 2020-04, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. DATES: January 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 550-0935 or by email at camara.francis@gsa.gov for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. Please cite FAC 2020-04, FAR Case 2019-012. Rule Listed in FAC 2020-04 ———————————————————————— Subject FAR Case Analyst ———————————————————————— Trade Agreements Thresholds……….. 201
[20-00026][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
Summary presentation of a final rule. ———————————————————————– SUMMARY: This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2020-04. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. DATES: For effective date see the separate document, which follows. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 550-0935 or by email at camara.francis@gsa.gov for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. Please cite FAC 2020-04, FAR Case 2019-012. Rule Listed in FAC 2020-04 ———————————————————————— Subject FAR case Analyst ———————————————————————— Trade Agreements Thresholds……….. 2019-012 Francis ————————————————————————
[20-00024][Full Article] [PDF]

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 2394-2399] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-00493] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-428-847, A-533-893, A-475-840] Forged Steel Fluid End Blocks From the Federal Republic of Germany, India, and Italy: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable January 8, 2020. 
[20-00493][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 2390-2394] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-00452] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-580-905] 4th Tier Cigarettes From the Republic of Korea: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable January 7, 2020.
[20-00452][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on December 10, 2019, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Philips North America, LLC of Andover, Massachusetts and Koninklijke Philips N.V. of Eindhoven, Netherlands. Supplements to the complaint were filed on December 13 and 30, 2019. The complaint 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 wearable monitoring devices, systems, and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,845,228 (“the ‘228 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 9,820,698 (“the ‘698 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 9,717,464 (“the ‘464 patent”); and U.S. Patent No. 9,961,186 (“the ‘186 patent”). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists or is in the process of being established as required by the applicable Federal Statute. The complainants request that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders. ADDRESSES: The complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to
[20-00510][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the institution of investigations and commencement of preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701-TA-636 and 731-TA-1469-1470 (Preliminary) pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”) to determine whether there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil and China, primarily provided for in subheadings 4409.10.40, 4409.10.45, 4409.10.50, 4409.22.40, 4409.22.50, 4409.29.41, and 4409.29.51 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value and alleged to be subsidized by the Government of China. Unless the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) extends the time for initiation, the Commission must reach a preliminary determination in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations in 45 days, or in this case by February 24, 2020. The Commission’s views must be transmitted to Commerce within five business days thereafter, or by March 2, 2020. DATES: January 8, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charlie Cummings (202-708-1666), Office of Invest
[20-00465][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on November 21, 2019, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of TheraJect, Inc. of Fremont, California. Supplements were filed on November 27 and December 2, 2019. A first amended complaint was filed on December 10, 2019, and a second amended complaint was filed on December 19, 2019. The second amended complaint 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 dissolving microneedle patches for cosmetic and pharmaceutical use by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,945,952 (“the ‘952 patent”). The second amended complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States is in the process of being established as required by the applicable Federal Statute. The second amended complaint requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order. Addresses: The second amended complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. In
[20-00509][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 2385-2390] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-00490] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-428-848, C-533-894, C-475-841, C-570-116] Forged Steel Fluid End Blocks From the Federal Republic of Germany, India, Italy and the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable January 8, 2020.
[20-00490][Full Article] [PDF]