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Export Trade Certificate of Review

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ACTION:

Notice of application.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Export Trading Company Affairs (“OETCA”), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, has received an application for an Export Trade Certificate of Review. This notice summarizes the conduct for which certification is sought and requests comments relevant to whether the Certificate should be issued.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeffrey C. Anspacher, Director, Office of Export Trading Company Affairs, International Trade Administration, (202) 482-5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or E-mail at oetca@ita.doc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. 4001-21) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. An Export Trade Certificate of Review protects the holder and the members identified in the Certificate from state and federal government antitrust actions and from private, treble damage antitrust actions for the export conduct specified in the Certificate and carried out in compliance with its terms and conditions. Section 302(b)(1) of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 and 15 CFR 325.6(a) require the Secretary to publish a notice in the Federal Register identifying the applicant and summarizing its proposed export conduct.

Request for Public Comments

Interested parties may submit written comments relevant to the determination whether a Certificate should be issued. If the comments include any privileged or confidential business information, it must be clearly marked and a nonconfidential version of the comments (identified as such) should be included. Any comments not marked privileged or confidential business information will be deemed to be nonconfidential. An original and five (5) copies, plus two (2) copies of the nonconfidential version, should be submitted no later than 20 days after the date of this notice to: Office of Export Trading Company Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1104H, Washington, DC 20230. Information submitted by any person is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). However, nonconfidential versions of the comments will be made available to the applicant if necessary for determining whether or not to issue the Certificate. Comments should refer to this application as “Export Trade Certificate of Review, application number 02-00004.” A summary of the application follows.

Summary of the Application

Applicant: California Pistachio Export Association (“CPEA”), 5497 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno, California 93727.

Contact: Carter Brown, Esquire.

Telephone: (202) 543-4455.

Application No.: 02-00004.

Date Deemed Submitted: November 7, 2002.

Members (in addition to applicant): A&P Growers Cooperative, Inc., Tulare, CA; CalPure Pistachios, Inc., Lost Hills, CA; Gold Coast Pistachios, Inc., Fresno, CA; Keenan Farms, Inc., Avenal, CA; Monarch Nut Company, Delano, CA; Nichols Pistachio, Hanford, CA; Primex Farms, LLC, Wasco, CA; Santa Barbara Pistachio Company, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA; Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., Terra Bella, CA; and South Valley Farms, LLC, Wasco, CA.

CPEA seeks a Certificate to cover the following specific Export Trade, Export Markets, and Export Trade Activities and Methods of Operations.

Export Trade

1. Products

California in-shell and shelled pistachios, raw and roasted. Including all forms.

2. Export Trade Facilitation Services (as they Relate to the Export of Products)

All export trade-related facilitation services, including but not limited to: Development of trade strategy; sales, marketing, and distribution; foreign market development; promotion; and all aspects of foreign sales transactions, including export brokerage, freight forwarding, transportation, insurance, billing, collection, trade documentation, and foreign exchange; customs, duties, and taxes; and inspection and quality control.

Export Markets

The Export Markets include all parts of the world except the United States (the fifty states of the United States of Start Printed Page 70212America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands).

Export Trade Activities and Methods of Operation

CPEA and its Members seek to have the following conduct certified:

1. CPEA, on its own behalf or on behalf of all or less than all of its Members, through CPEA or through Export Intermediaries (to the extent provided in section 1.g) may:

a. Export Sales Prices. Establish sales price, minimum sales price, target sales price and/or minimum target sales price, and other terms of sale;

b. Marketing and Distribution. Conduct marketing and distribution of Products;

c. Promotion. Conduct joint promotion of Products;

d. Quantities. Agree on quantities of Products to be sold, provided each Member shall be required to dedicate only such quantity or quantities as each such Member shall independently determine;

e. Market and Customer Allocation. Allocate geographic areas or countries in the Export Markets and/or customers in the Export Markets among Members;

f. Refusals to Deal. Refuse to quote prices for Products, or to market or sell Products, to or for any customers in the Export Markets, or any countries or geographical areas in the Export Markets;

g. Exclusive and Non-exclusive Export Intermediaries. Enter into exclusive and non-exclusive agreements appointing one or more Export Intermediaries (as defined under “Definitions” paragraph 1) for the sale of Products with price, quantity, territorial and/or customer restrictions as provided in sections 1.a. through 1.f., inclusive, above;

h. Non-Member Activities. Purchase Products from non-Members to fulfill specific sales obligations, provided that CPEA and/or its Members shall make such purchases only on a transaction-by-transaction basis and when the Members are unable to supply, in a timely manner, the requisite Products at a price competitive under the circumstances. In no event shall a non-Member be included in any deliberations concerning any Export Trade Activities; and

i. Transportation Activities. Negotiate favorable transportation rates (volume discounts) and consolidate shipments.

2. CPEA and its Members may exchange and discuss the following information:

a. Information about sales and marketing efforts for the Export Markets, activities and opportunities for sales of Products in the Export Markets, selling strategies for the Export Markets, sales for the Export Markets, contract and spot pricing in the Export Markets, projected demands in the Export Markets for Products, customary terms of sale in the Export Markets, prices and availability of Products from competitors for sale in the Export Markets, and specifications for Products by customers in the Export Markets;

b. Information about the price, quality, quantity, source, and delivery dates of Products available from the Members to export;

c. Information about terms and conditions of contracts for sale in the Export Markets to be considered and/or bid on by CPEA and its Members;

d. Information about joint bidding or selling arrangements for the Export Markets and allocations of sales resulting from such arrangements among the Members;

e. Information about expenses specific to exporting to and within the Export Markets, including without limitation, transportation, trans- or intermodal shipments, insurance, inland freight to port, port storage, commissions, export sales, documentation, financing, customs, duties and taxes;

f. Information about U.S. and foreign legislation and regulations, including Federal marketing order programs, affecting sales for the Export Markets;

g. Information about CPEA's or its Members' export operations, including without limitation, sales and distribution networks established by CPEA or its Members in the Export Markets, and prior export sales by Members (including export price information); and

h. Information about export customer credit terms and credit history.

3. CPEA and its Members may meet to engage in the activities described in paragraphs 1 and 2 above.

Definitions

1. “Export Intermediary” means a person, including a Member, who acts as a distributor, sales representative, sales or marketing agent, or broker, or who performs similar functions, including providing, or arranging for the provision of, Export Trade Facilitation Services.

2. “Member” means a person who has membership in the CPEA Export Trade Certificate and who has been certified as a “Member” within the meaning of § 325.2(1) of the Regulations (15 CFR 325.2(1) (2002).

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Dated: November 15, 2002.

Jeffrey C. Anspacher,

Director, Office of Export Trading, Company Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 02-29583 Filed 11-20-02; 8:45 am]

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