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

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Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


March 28, 2006.

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Tipten Troidl or Eric Greynolds, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-1767 or 6071, respectively.

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Section 702 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(h) of the Act, and to publish an annual list and quarterly Start Printed Page 15378updates of the type and amount of those subsidies. We hereby provide the Department's quarterly update of subsidies on articles of cheese that were imported during the period October 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005.

The Department has developed, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, information on subsidies (as defined in section 702(h) 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: March 22, 2006.

Stephen J. Claeys,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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CountryProgram(s)Gross2 Subsidy ($/lb)Net3 Subsidy ($/lb)
AustriaEuropean Union Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
BelgiumEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
CanadaExport Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese$ 0.30$ 0.30
Cyprus*EU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
DenmarkEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
FinlandEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
FranceEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
GermanyEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
GreeceEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
Hungary*EU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
IrelandEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
ItalyEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
Lithuania*EU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
LuxembourgEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
NetherlandsEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
NorwayIndirect (Milk) Subsidy$ 0.00$ 0.00
Consumer Subsidy$ 0.00$ 0.00
Total$ 0.00$ 0.00
Poland*EU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
PortugalEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
Slovenia*EU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
SpainEU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
SwitzerlandDeficiency Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
U.K.EU Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
* This notice has been modified to reflect the enlargement of the European Union (EU) to 25 countries on May 1, 2004. See Modification of the Tariff -Rate Import Quota for Certain Cheeses, 69 FR 77308 (December 27, 2004).
1 This chart includes only those countries which exported articles of cheese to the United States during 4th Quarter, 2005.
2 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5).
3 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6).
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[FR Doc. E6-4480 Filed 3-27-06; 8:45 am]