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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative

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AGENCIES:

Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the determination of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to renew the treatment of Caribbean Basin country end products as eligible products under the Trade Agreements Act, with the exception of end products from the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

DATES:

Effective Date: April 25, 2000. Applicability Date: The FAR, as amended by this rule, is applicable to solicitations issued on or after April 25, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC, 20405, (202) 501-4755, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Mr. Paul Linfield, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-1757. Please cite FAC 97-17, FAR case 2000-003.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

The USTR published a notice in the Federal Register at 65 FR 9038, February 23, 2000, renewing the treatment of Caribbean Basin country Start Printed Page 24322end products as eligible products under the Trade Agreements Act, with the exception of the end products from the Dominican Republic and Honduras. This rule implements that determination. The prior determination expired September 30, 1999, except that the determination regarding the end products of Panama extended until September 30, 2000.

This rule was not subject to Office of Management and Budget review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The final rule does not constitute a significant FAR revision within the meaning of FAR 1.501 and Public Law 98-577, and publication for public comments is not required. However, the Councils will consider comments from small entities concerning the affected FAR parts in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610. Interested parties must submit such comments separately and should cite 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. (FAC 97-17, FAR case 2000-003), in correspondence.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the FAR do not impose information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 25 and 52

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Dated: April 13, 2000.

Edward C. Loeb,

Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division.

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Therefore, DoD, GSA, and NASA amend

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; and 42 U.S.C. 2473(c):

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PART 25—FOREIGN ACQUISITION

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2. Revise the definition “Caribbean Basin country” in section 25.003 to read as follows:

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Definitions.
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Caribbean Basin country means any of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.

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3. In section 25.400, revise paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows:

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Scope of subpart.

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(2) The Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative (the determination of the U.S. Trade Representative that end products granted duty-free entry from countries designated by the President as beneficiaries under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (19 U.S.C. 2701, et seq.), with the exception of the Dominican Republic and Honduras, must be treated as eligible products under the Trade Agreements Act);

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4. Revise section 25.404 to read as follows:

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Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative.

Under the Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative, the United States Trade Representative has determined that, for acquisitions subject to the Trade Agreements Act, Caribbean Basin country end products must be treated as eligible products. This determination is effective until September 30, 2000. The U.S. Trade Representative may extend these dates through a document in the Federal Register.

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PART 52—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES

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5. Amend section 52.225-5 by revising the date of the clause to read “(APR 2000)”; and in paragraph (a), in the definition “Caribbean Basin country”, by removing “Dominican Republic,” and “Honduras,”.

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[FR Doc. 00-10133 Filed 4-24-00; 8:45 am]

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