FR Alert – Covering:06/29/2020

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that ARLANXEO Brasil S.A. (ARLANXEO Brasil) made sales of certain emulsion styrene- butadiene rubber (ESB rubber) from Brazil at less than normal value during the period of review (POR) February 24, 2017 through August 31, 2018. DATES: Applicable June 29, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Drew Jackson, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4406. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On November 14, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Results.\1\ We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results.\2\ This review covers one respondent, ARLANXEO Brasil S.A. (ARLANXEO Brasil). On December 13, 2019, ARLANXEO Brasil filed a case brief \3\ and on December 23, 2019, the petitioner, Lion Elastomers, LLC, filed a rebuttal brief.\4\ On January 29, 2019, Commerce held a public hearing.\5\ On February 10, 2020, Commerce extended the deadline for issuing the final results of this review by 42 days.\6\ On April 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain aluminum foil (aluminum foil) from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of review is August 14, 2017 through December 31, 2018. DATES: Applicable June 29, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Bordas, Tyler Weinhold or John McGowan, 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- 3813, (202) 482-1121 or (202) 482-3019, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 13, 2019, Commerce published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order \1\ on aluminum foil from China.\2\ On July 15, 2019, Commerce published a correction of the original Initiation Notice to list the correct period of review (POR).\3\ Pursuant to the Corrected Initiation Notice, the correct POR is August 14, 2017 through December 31, 2018.\4\ On December 2, 2020, Commerce fully extended the preliminary results 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from the People’s Republic of China (China) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies. DATES: Applicable June 29, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dusten Hom or Mary Kolberg, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-5075 or (202) 482-1785, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On January 20, 2010, Commerce published the countervailing duty order on OCTG from China.\1\ On April 1, 2020, Commerce published the initiation of the second sunset review of this order, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).\2\ On April 14, 2020, Commerce received a notice of intent to participate from Maverick Tube Corporation, Tenaris Bay City, Inc., and IPSCO Tubulars Inc. (collectively, Tenaris USA), and on April 16, 2020, 
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) announces revised monetary thresholds for three exemptions from the Franchise Rule. The FTC is required to adjust the size of the monetary thresholds every fourth year based upon changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (“CPI-U”) published by the Department of Labor. DATES: This final rule is effective on July 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine M. Todaro, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; phone number: (202-326-3711), email address: ctodaro@ftc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FTC’s Trade Regulation Rule entitled “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising” (Franchise Rule or Rule) \1\ provides three exemptions based on a monetary threshold: The “minimum payment exemption,” \2\ the “large franchise investment exemption” \3\ and the “large franchisee exemption.” \4\ The Rule requires the Commission to “adjust the size of the monetary thresholds every fourth year based upon the . . . Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers [CPI-U] published by the Department of Labor.” \5\ This requirement, added by the 2007 amendments to the Rule, took effect on July 1, 2007, so that franchisors 
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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 names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN 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 applicable 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 SDN List and additional information concerning OFAC sanctions programs are available on OFAC’s website (www.treas.gov/ofac). Notice of OFAC Actions 
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commission has extended the deadline for filing written comments relating to volume 2 of its report from June 5, 2020, to July 31, 2020, and in accordance with a request on behalf of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Commission will submit volume 2 of its report by January 31, 2021 (delivered Monday, February 1, 2021) instead of by October 31, 2020. DATES: June 30, 2020: Transmittal of volume 1 of the report to the USTR (this date is unchanged) July 31, 2020: New deadline for filing written submissions relating to volume 2 January 31, 2021: New transmittal date for volume 2 of the Commission’s report to the USTR (Delivered Monday, February 1, 2021) ADDRESSES: All written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Leader Sabina Neumann (volumes 1 and 2) (202-205-3000 or sabina.neumann@usitc.gov) or Deputy Project Leader (volume 2) Brian Daigle (202-205-3458 or brian.daigle@usitc.gov) for information specific to this investigation. For information on the legal aspects of this investigation, contact William Gearhart of the 
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 38854-38860] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-13958] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-580-908, A-583-869, A-549-842, A-552-828] Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable June 22, 2020. 
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 38922] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-13854] ======================================================================= ———————————————————————– INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701-TA-451 and 731-TA-1126 (Second Review)] Lightweight Thermal Paper From China; Determination On the basis of the record \1\ developed in the subject five-year reviews, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), that revocation of the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders on lightweight thermal paper from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time. ————————————————————————— 
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 38850-38854] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-13957] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-552-829] Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable June 22, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Schauer; AD/CVD Operations, 
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 38924-38928] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-13966] ======================================================================= ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility to Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance In accordance with the Section 223 (19 U.S.C. 2273) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2271, et seq.) (“Act”), as amended, the Department of Labor herein presents summaries of determinations regarding eligibility to apply for trade adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of the Act (“TAA”) for workers by (TA-W) number issued during the period of May 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. (This Notice primarily follows the language of the Trade Act. In some places 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: As a result of this sunset review, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on prestressed concrete steel wire strand (PC strand) from India would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy at the level indicated in the “Final Results of Review” section of this notice. DATES: Applicable June 29, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin Smith, AD/CVD Operations, Office Ill, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2181. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 4, 2004, Commerce published the Order on PC strand in the Federal Register.\1\ On March 2, 2020, Commerce initiated the third sunset review of the Order pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.218(c).\2\ On March 13, 2020, Commerce received a timely notification of intent to participate from Insteel Wire Products Company, Strand-Tech Manufacturing, Inc., Sumiden Wire Products Corporation, and Wire Mesh 
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 39037] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-13864] ======================================================================= ———————————————————————– OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respects to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter Thirteen of the USMCA AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. ———————————————————————– DATES: Applicable as of July 1, 2020. 
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