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Revocation of General Order No. 3 Which Imposed License Requirements on Shaykh Hamad bin Ali bin Jaber Al-Thani and Entities Related to or Controlled by Him

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This final rule revokes General Order No. 3 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). General Order No. 3 imposed a license requirement for exports and reexports of all items on the Commerce Control List destined to or for Shaykh Hamad bin Ali bin Jaber Al-Thani and listed entities related to or controlled by him. This rule also removes a related provision of the EAR.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This rule is effective July 15, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Although there is no public comment period, written comments on this rule may be sent to Sheila Quarterman, Office of Exporter Services, Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 273, Washington, DC 20044, or e-mail: squarter@bis.doc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Office of Exporter Services, Outreach & Educational Services Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, at (202) 482-4811.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Background

In November 2000, Shaykh Al-Thani delivered a Boeing 747 aircraft to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Iraq as a gift, in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution restricting trade with Iraq. To guard against further such diversions to Iraq, the Bureau of Industry and Security issued General Order No. 3 on December 7, 2000, imposing a license requirement for exports and reexports of all items listed on the Commerce Control List (Supplement No. 1 to part 774 of the EAR) and destined to Shaykh Al-Thani or entities related to or controlled by him.

This final rule revokes General Order No. 3. This revocation reflects changed circumstances in Iraq and is consistent with changes in U.S. export control policies concerning Iraq and actions taken by the United Nations Security Council with respect to the embargo against Iraq. This final rule also removes section 744.15 of the EAR, which provided a cross-reference to General Order No. 3.

Although the Export Administration Act expired on August 20, 2001, Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 ( 3 CFR, 2001 Comp. 783 (2002)), as extended by the Notice of August 7, 2003 (3 CFR, 2003 Comp. 328 (2004)), continues the Regulations in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Rulemaking Requirements

1. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of E.O. 12866.

2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information, subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (PRA), unless that collection of information displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number. This rule involves a collection of information subject to the PRA. This collection has been approved by OMB under control number 0694-0088, “Multi-Purpose Application,” which carries a burden hour estimate of 58 minutes for a manual or electronic submission. Send comments regarding these burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to David Rostker, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), by e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or by fax to (202) 395-7285; and to the Office of Administration , Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 6883, Washington, DC 20230.

3. This rule does not contain policies with Federalism implications sufficient to warrant preparation of a Federalism assessment under E.O. 13132.

4. The provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) requiring notice of proposed rulemaking, the opportunity for public participation, and a delay in effective date, are inapplicable because this regulation involves a military and foreign affairs function of the United States (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1)). Further, no other law requires that a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment be given for this final rule. Because a Start Printed Page 42333notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment are not required to be given for this rule under the Administrative Procedure Act or by any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are not applicable. Therefore, this regulation is issued in final form. Although there is no formal comment period, public comments on this regulation are welcome on a continuing basis. Comments should be submitted to Sheila Quarterman, Office of Exporter Services, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 273, Washington, DC 20044.

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List of Subjects

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Accordingly, parts 736 and 744 of the Export Administration Regulations (

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PART 736—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 50 U.S.C. app. 2401 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 2151 note, Pub. L. 108-175; E.O. 12938, 59 FR 59099, 3 CFR, 1994 Comp., p. 950; E.O. 13020, 61 FR 54079, 3 CFR, 1996 Comp. p. 219; E.O. 13026, 61 FR 58767, 3 CFR, 1996 Comp., p. 228; E.O. 13222, 66 FR 44025, 3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 783; E.O. 13338, 69 FR 26751, May 13, 2004; Notice of October 29, 2003, 68 FR 62209, 3 CFR, 2003 Comp., p. 347; Notice of August 7, 2003, 68 FR 47833, 3 CFR, 2003 Comp., p. 328.

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2. Supplement No. 1 to part 736 is amended by removing General Order No. 3.

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PART 744—[AMENDED]

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3. The authority citation for

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Authority: 50 U.S.C. app. 2401 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 3201 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 2139a; Sec. 901-911, Pub. L. 106-387; Sec. 221, Pub. L. 107-56; E.O. 12058, 43 FR 20947, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 179; E.O. 12851, 58 FR 33181, 3 CFR, 1993 Comp., p. 608; E.O. 12938, 59 FR 59099, 3 CFR, 1994 Comp., p. 950; E.O. 12947, 60 FR 5079, 3 CFR, 1995 Comp., p. 356; E.O. 13026, 61 FR 58767, 3 CFR, 1996 Comp., p. 228; E.O. 13099, 63 FR 45167, 3 CFR, 1998 Comp., p. 208; E.O. 13222, 66 FR 44025, 3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 783; E.O. 13224, 66 FR 49079, 3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 786; Notice of October 29, 2003, 68 FR 62209, 3 CFR, 2003 Comp., p. 347; Notice of August 7, 2003, 68 FR 47833, 3 CFR, 2003 Comp., p. 328.

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4. Part 744 is amended by removing and reserving § 744.15.

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Dated: July 5, 2004.

Peter Lichtenbaum,

Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.

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[FR Doc. 04-16012 Filed 7-14-04; 8:45 am]

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