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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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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

January 3, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gayle Longest, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20230, telephone: (202) 482-3338.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 updates 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 July 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007.

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 Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20230.This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) of the Act.

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Dated: December 27, 2007.

Stephen J. Claeys,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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APPENDIX

SUBSIDY PROGRAMS ON CHEESE SUBJECT TO AN IN-QUOTA RATE OF DUTY

CountryProgram(s)Gross1 Subsidy ($/lb)Net2 Subsidy ($/lb)
27 European Union Member States3European Union Restitution Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
CanadaExport Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese$ 0.33$ 0.33
NorwayIndirect (Milk) Subsidy$ 0.00$ 0.00
Consumer Subsidy$ 0.00$ 0.00
Total$ 0.00$ 0.00
SwitzerlandDeficiency Payments$ 0.00$ 0.00
1 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5).
1 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6).
3 The 27 member states of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom.
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[FR Doc. E7-25572 Filed 1-2-08; 8:45 am]

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