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Index and Description of Major Information Systems and Availability of Records

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International Trade Commission.


Notice announcing availability of public information.


The United States International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) provides notice of its index and description of major information systems and availability of its records.

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Marilyn R. Abbott ((202) 205-2000), Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission and persons seeking information on the Commission, or making submittals or requests, and seeking decisions, may contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 205-2000.

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The Commission makes agency records available to the public in a number of ways: Electronic Document Information System (II). This system provides Internet access to public documents filed with the Office of the Secretary. Docketing information for USITC investigations instituted since 1996 is available electronically by accessing the USITC Internet site at “” or directly at “

FOIA. Commission records may also be requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552). These requests are filed with the Secretary at 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, and shall indicate clearly in the request letter, and on the envelope if the request is in paper form, that it is a “Freedom of Information Act Request.” A written request may be made either (1) in paper form, or (2) electronically by contacting the Commission at “​secretary/​foia/​index.htm.” Commission rules for requesting information under FOIA are set out in 19 CFR 201.17-201.21.

Frequently requested FOIA-processed records can be accessed by following the “Privacy Statement, Accessibility Statement, Freedom of Information, and Other Web Site Policies and Important Links” link on the USITC Internet site at “

Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. The USITC maintains and publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) pursuant to the omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. The Tariff Information Center, providing the current HTS and related materials, is available on-line at “​tata/​hts/​index.html.

Government Information Locator. The USITC has an entry in the Government Information Locator Service, at “​su_​docs/​gils/​index.html.

Libraries. The Commission maintains two libraries, its National Library of International Trade (the Commission's main reference library), located on the 3rd floor of the Commission building, and a law library, located on the 6th floor. Both are open to the public during normal business hours of 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The libraries contain, among other things, complete sets of Commission reports. To determine whether the respective libraries have the information sought, persons seeking information may call the main library at (202) 205-2630, or the law library at (202) 205-3287.

Public Reading Room. The Commission's docket files in the Office of the Secretary contain the submissions made in all Commission investigations. The files are available for inspection in the Public Reading Room in the Office of the Secretary. The Public Reading Room is located on the 1st floor of the Commission building. Persons having questions regarding availability of records may call the Dockets staff at Start Printed Page 7970(202) 205-1802. Depending on the age of the records requested, the files are available electronically, in hard copy, and/or on microfiche.

Reports. Reports containing the findings and conclusions of Commission investigations and Commissioner opinions are available in hard copy and/or CD-ROM, generally at no charge, from the Office of the Secretary (telephone (202) 205-1806). Reports are also made available for download from the USITC Internet site “

Rules. The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure set out the procedures used in Commission proceedings. The rules in 19 CFR Parts 200-213 are located in the Code of Federal Regulations and the Commission's Internet site.

Tariff and Trade DataWeb. The Commission's DataWeb, “,” provides public access to U.S. tariff and international trade data. Data from 1989 are available and can be retrieved in a number of classification systems.

USITC Internet Site. Recent Commission notices, news releases, meeting agendas, monthly calendars, general information “fact sheets,” Commissioner biographies, schedules of pending investigations (including hearing dates and deadlines for written submissions), reports, information frequently requested under FOIA, and general information about the Commission are available electronically through the Internet at “

Copies of Commission public records can also be obtained from the Secretary.

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By order of the Commission:

Issued: February 10, 2005.

Marilyn R. Abbott,

Secretary to the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 05-2923 Filed 2-15-05; 8:45 am]