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ACTION:

Notice of application.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Export Trading Company Affairs (“OETCA”), International Trade Administration, 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, by telephone at (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. A 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 Act 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 copies, plus two 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, Department of Commerce, Room 1104H, Washington, DC 20230, or transmit by E-mail at oetca@ita.doc.gov. 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 03-00006.” A summary of the application follows.Start Printed Page 55373

Summary of the Application

Applicant: Western Fruit Exporters, L.L.C. (“WFE”), 105 South 18th Street, Suite # 205, Yakima, Washington 98901, Contact: Donald K. Franklin, Attorney, Telephone: (206) 777-7421.

Application No.: 03-00006.

Date Deemed Submitted: September 8, 2003.

WFE is a Limited Liability Company formed under the laws of the State of Washington. Members (in addition to applicant): Eola Cherry Company, Inc., Gervais, OR; Diana Fruit Co., Inc., Santa Clara, CA; Johnson Foods Co., Inc., Sunnyside, WA; and Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc., Salem, OR.

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

I. Export Trade

1. Products

Brine sweet cherries in any stage of processing and finished maraschino cherry products in any stage of packaging.

2. Services

Inspection, quality control, marketing and promotional services.

3. Technology Rights

Proprietary rights to all technology associated with Products or Services, including, but not limited to: Patents, trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, neighboring (related) rights, trade secrets, know-how, and sui generic forms of protection for databases and computer programs.

4. Export Trade Facilitation Services (as they relate to the Export of Products, Services and Technology Rights)

All export trade-related facilitation services, including, but not limited to: Consulting and trade strategy; sales and marketing; export brokerage; foreign marketing research; foreign market development; overseas advertising and promotion; product research and design, based on foreign buyer and consumer preferences; communication and processing of export orders; inspection and quality control; transportation; freight forwarding and trade documentation; insurance; billing of foreign buyers; collection (letters of credit and other financial instruments); provision of overseas sales and distribution facilities and overseas sales staff, legal, accounting and tax assistance; management information systems development and application; assistance and administration related to participation in government export assistance programs.

II. Export Markets

The Export Markets include all parts of the world except the United States (the fifty states of the United States, 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).

III. Export Trade Activities and Methods of Operation

In connection with the promotion and sale of Members' Products, Services, and/or Technology Rights into the Export Markets, WFE and/or one or more of Members may:

1. Design and execute foreign marketing strategies for Export Markets;

2. Prepare joint bids, establish export prices for Members' Products and Services, and establish terms of sale in Export Markets in connection with potential or actual bona fide opportunities;

3. Grant sales and distribution rights for the Products, whether or not exclusive, into designated Export Markets to foreign agents or importers (“exclusive” meaning that WFE and Member may agree not to sell the Products into the designated Export Markets through any other foreign distributor, and that the foreign distributor may agree to represent only WFE and/or Member in the Export Markets and none of its competitors);

4. Design, develop and market generic corporate labels for use in Export Markets;

5. Engage in joint promotional activities directly targeted at developing Export Markets, such as: arranging trade shows and marketing trips; providing advertising services; providing brochures and industry newsletters; providing product, service, and industry information; conducting international market and product research; and procuring, international marketing, advertising, and promotional services;

6. Share the cost of joint promotional activities among the Members;

7. Conduct product and packaging research and development exclusively for export in order to meet foreign regulatory requirements, foreign buyer specifications, and foreign consumer preferences;

8. Negotiate and enter into agreements with governments and other foreign persons regarding non-tariff trade barriers in Export Markets such as packaging requirements, and providing specialized packing operations and other quality control procedures to be followed by WFE and Member in the export of Products into the Export Markets;

9. Assist each other in maintaining the quality standards necessary to be successful in Export Markets;

10. Provide Export Trade Facilitation Services with respect to Products, Services and Technology (including such items as commodity fumigation, refrigeration and storage techniques, and other quality control procedures to be followed in the export of Products in the Export Markets);

11. Advise and cooperate with agencies of the United States Government in establishing procedures regulating the export of the Members' Products, Services and/or Technology Rights in the Export Markets;

12. Negotiate and enter into purchase agreements with buyers in Export Markets regarding export prices, quantities, type and quality of Products, time periods, and the terms and conditions of sale;

13. Broker or take title to Products intended for Export Markets;

14. Purchase Products from non-Member to fulfill specific sales obligations, provided that WFE and/or Member 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;

15. Solicit non-Member producers to become Members;

16. Communicate and process export orders;

17. Procure, negotiate, contract, and administer transportation services for Products in the course of export, including overseas freight transportation, inland freight transportation from the packing house to the U.S. port of embarkment, leasing of transportation equipment and facilities, storing and warehousing, stevedoring, wharfage and handling, insurance, and freight forwarder services;

18. Arrange for trade documentation and services, customs clearance, financial instruments, and foreign exchange;

19. Arrange financing through private financial entities, government financial assistance programs and other arrangements;

20. Negotiate freight rate contracts with individual carriers and carrier conferences, either directly or indirectly through shippers associations and/or freight forwarders;

21. Bill and collect monies from foreign buyers; and arrange for or provide accounting, tax, legal and consulting services in relation to Export Start Printed Page 55374Trade Activities and Methods of Operation;

22. Enter into exclusive agreements with non-Members to provide Export Trade Services and Export Trade Facilitation Services;

23. Open and operate overseas sales and distribution offices and companies to facilitate the sales and distribution of Products in the Export markets;

24. Apply for and utilize applicable export assistance and incentive programs available within governmental sectors;

25. Negotiate and enter into agreements with governments and other foreign persons to develop counter-trade arrangements, provided that this Certificate does not protect any conduct related to the sale of goods in the United States that are imported as part of any counter-trade transactions;

26. Refuse to deal with or provide quotations to other Export Intermediaries for sales of Members' Products into Export Markets;

27. Require common marking and identification of Members' Products sold in Export Markets; and

28. Exchange information as necessary to carry out Export Trade Activities and Methods of Operation including:

(a) Information about sales, marketing efforts, and sales strategies in Export Markets, including pricing; projected demand in Export Markets for Products; customary terms of sale; and foreign buyer and consumer product specifications;

(b) Information about the price, quality, quantity, source and delivery dates of Products available from WFE and its Members for export;

(c) Information about terms and conditions of contracts for sales in Export Markets to be considered and/or bid on by WFE and/or Members;

(d) Information about joint bidding opportunities;

(e) Information about methods by which export sales are to be allocated among WFE and/or Members;

(f) Information about expenses specific to exporting to and within Export Markets, including transportation, transshipments, inter-modal shipments, insurance, inland freight to port, port storage, commissions, export sales, documentation, financing and customs duties or taxes;

(a) Information about U.S. and foreign legislation and regulations, including federal marketing order programs that may affect sales to Export Markets;

(h) Information about WFE's or Members' export operations, including sales and distribution networks established by WFE or Members in Export Markets, and prior export sales by Members, including export price information; and

(i) Information about claims or bad debts by WFE's or Members' customers in Export Markets.

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Dated: September 22, 2003.

Vanessa M. Bachman,

Acting Director, Office of Export Trading Company Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 03-24251 Filed 9-24-03; 8:45 am]

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