Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 112 (Tuesday, June 11, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 112 (Tuesday, June 11, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Page 27081]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-12242]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44
U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Agency: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
    Title: Interim Procedures for Considering Requests under the
Commercial Availability Provision of the United States--Peru Trade
Promotion Agreement Implementation Act.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    OMB Control Number: 0625-0265.
    Type of Request: Regular submission.
    Number of Respondents: 16 (10 for Requests; 3 for Responses; 3 for
Rebuttals).
    Average Hours per Response: 8 hours per Request; 2 hours per
Response; and 1 hour per Rebuttal.
    Burden Hours: 89.
    Needs and Uses: The United States and Peru negotiated the U.S.-Peru
Trade Promotion Agreement (the Agreement), which entered into force on
February 1, 2009. Subject to the rules of origin in Annex 4.1 of the
Agreement, pursuant to the textile provisions of the Agreement, a
fabric, yarn, or fiber produced in Peru or the United States and traded
between the two countries is entitled to duty-free tariff treatment.
Annex 3-B of the Agreement also lists specific fabrics, yarns, and
fibers that the two countries agreed are not available in commercial
quantities in a timely manner from producers in Peru or the United
States. The items listed in Annex 3-B are commercially unavailable
fabrics, yarns, and fibers. Articles containing these items are
entitled to duty-free or preferential treatment despite containing
inputs not produced in Peru or the United States.
    The list of commercially unavailable fabrics, yarns, and fibers may
be changed pursuant to the commercial availability provision in Chapter
3, Article 3.3, Paragraphs 5-7 of the Agreement. Section 203(o) of the
Act implements the commercial availability provision of the Agreement.
Under this provision, interested entities from Peru or the United
States have the right to request that a specific fabric, yarn, or fiber
be added to, or removed from, the list of commercially unavailable
fabrics, yarns, and fibers in Annex 3-B.
    Section 203(o) of the Act provides that the President may modify
the list of fabrics, yarns, and fibers in Annex 3-B by determining
whether additional fabrics, yarns, or fibers are not available in
commercial quantities in a timely manner in the United States or Peru,
and that the President will issue procedures governing the submission
of requests and providing an opportunity for interested entities to
submit comments. The President delegated the responsibility for
publishing the procedures and administering commercial availability
requests to CITA, which issues procedures and acts on requests through
the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
(See Proclamation No. 8341, 74 FR 4105, Jan. 22, 2009). Interim
procedures to implement these responsibilities were published in the
Federal Register on August 14, 2009. (See Interim Procedures for
Considering Requests Under the Commercial Availability Provision of the
United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act and
Estimate of Burden for Collection of Information, 74 FR 41111, Aug. 14,
2009) (Commercial Availability Procedures).
    The intent of the Commercial Availability Procedures is to foster
the use of U.S. and regional products by implementing procedures that
allow products to be placed on or removed from a product list, on a
timely basis, and in a manner that is consistent with normal business
practice. The procedures are intended to facilitate the transmission of
requests; allow the market to indicate the availability of the supply
of products that are the subject of requests; make available promptly,
to interested entities and the public, information regarding the
requests for products and offers received for those products; ensure
wide participation by interested entities and parties; allow for
careful review and consideration of information provided to
substantiate requests and responses; and provide timely public
dissemination of information used by CITA in making commercial
availability determinations.
    CITA must collect certain information about fabric, yarn, or fiber
technical specifications and the production capabilities of Peruvian
and U.S. textile producers to determine whether certain fabrics, yarns,
or fibers are available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in
the United States or Peru, subject to Section 203(o) of the Act.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Frequency: Varies.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov.
Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections
currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice
to [email protected] or fax to (202) 395-5806.
Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer,
Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-12242 Filed 6-10-19; 8:45 am]
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