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Annual Listing of Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Publication of annual listing of foreign government subsidies on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, has prepared its annual list of foreign government subsidies on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty during the period October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000. We are publishing the current listing of those subsidies that we have determined exist.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

January 1, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tipten Troidl, Office of AD/CVD Enforcement VI, Group II, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-2786.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 702(a) of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (as amended) (“the Act”) requires the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) to determine, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, whether any foreign government is providing a subsidy with respect to any article of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty, as defined in section 702(g)(b)(4) of the Act, and to publish an annual list and quarterly updates of the type and amount of those subsidies. We hereby provide the Department's annual list of subsidies on articles of cheese that were imported during the period October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000.

The Department has developed, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, information on subsidies Start Printed Page 81489(as defined in section 702 (g)(b)(2) of the Act) being provided either directly or indirectly by foreign governments on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty. The appendix to this notice lists the country, the subsidy program or programs, and the gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is currently available.

The Department will incorporate additional programs which are found to constitute subsidies, and additional information on the subsidy programs listed, as the information is developed.

The Department encourages any person having information on foreign government subsidy programs which benefit articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty to submit such information in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230.

This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) of the Act.

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Dated: December 19, 2000.

Troy H. Cribb,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Appendix—Subsidy Programs on Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty

CountryProgram(s)Gross 1 subsidy ($/lb)Net 2 subsidy ($/lb)
AustriaEuropean Union Restitution Payments0.120.12
BelgiumEU Restitution Payments0.010.01
CanadaExport Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese0.240.24
DenmarkEU Restitution Payments0.060.06
FinlandEU Restitution Payments0.170.17
FranceEU Restitution Payments0.090.09
GermanyEU Restitution Payments0.120.12
GreeceEU Restitution Payments0.000.00
IrelandEU Restitution Payments0.060.06
ItalyEU Restitution Payments0.110.11
LuxembourgEU Restitution Payments0.070.07
NetherlandsEU Restitution Payments0.050.05
NorwayIndirect (Milk) Subsidy0.280.28
Consumer Subsidy0.13 0.410.13 0.41
Total
PortugalEU Restitution Payments0.050.05
SpainEU Restitution Payments0.040.04
SwitzerlandDeficiency Payments0.200.20
U.K.EU Restitution Payments0.090.09
1 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5).
2 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6).
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[FR Doc. 00-32875 Filed 12-22-00; 8:45 am]

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