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AGENCY:

Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION:

Notice of requests for OMB emergency information collection processing and comments.

SUMMARY:

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is submitting a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency review and clearance on or about June 20, 2019, that will be effective for six months from that date, of a new information collection request (ICR) titled 301 Exclusion Requests under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations.

DATES:

Submit comments no later than June 7, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments about the ICR, including the title 301 Exclusion Requests, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB, at oira_submissions@omb.eop.gov, or 725 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: USTR Desk Officer.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

USTR Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Megan Grimball, or Director of Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann at (202) 395-5725.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Comments

Submit written comments and suggestions to OMB addressing one or more of the following four points:

(1) Whether the proposed ICR is necessary for the proper performance of USTR's functions, including whether Start Printed Page 23146the information will have practical utility.

(2) The accuracy of USTR's estimate of the burden of the proposed ICR, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.

(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the ICR.

(4) Ways to minimize the burden of the ICR on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

B. Overview of This Information Collection

Title: 301 Exclusion Requests.

OMB Control Number: N/A.

Form Number(s): 301 Exclusion Request/Response/Reply Form.

Description: Following a comprehensive investigation, the U.S. Trade Representative determined that the government of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation were actionable under section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2411(b)). The Trade Representative determined that appropriate action to obtain the elimination of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation included the imposition of additional ad valorem duties on products from China classified in certain enumerated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see the prior notices issued in the investigation, including 82 FR 40213 (August 23, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 33608 (July 17, 2018), 83 FR 38760 (August 7, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 FR 47974 (September 21, 2018), and 83 FR 49152 (September 28, 2018), 83 FR 65198 (December 19, 2018), 84 FR 7966 (March 5, 2019), 84 FR 20459 (May 9, 2019), and 84 FR 21389 (May 9, 2019).

USTR is establishing a process by which U.S. stakeholders can request the exclusion of particular products classified within a covered tariff subheading from the additional duties that went into effect on September 21, 2018, and May 10, 2019. USTR anticipates that the window for submitting exclusion requests will open on or around June 30, 2019. Requests for exclusion will have to identify a particular product and provide supporting data and the rationale for the requested exclusion. Within 14 days after USTR posts a request for exclusion, interested persons can provide a response with the reasons they support or oppose the request. Interested persons can reply to the response within 7 days after it is posted. To assist in timely and comprehensive review of requests for exclusion, USTR will require respondents to use the Exclusion Request/Response/Reply Form attached to this notice.

Affected Public: U.S. stakeholders who want to request, or comment on a request, to exclude particular products from the additional duties on products from China classified in certain enumerated subheadings of the HTSUS.

Frequency of Submission: One submission per request, response, or reply.

Respondent Universe: U.S. stakeholders.

Reporting Burden:

Total Estimated Responses: 60,000 requests to exclude a particular product; 7,000 responses to a product exclusion request; and 3,000 replies to a response.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: USTR estimates that preparing and submitting a request to exclude a particular product will take approximately 60 minutes, and the total time burden for requests is 60,000 hours. USTR estimates that preparing and submitting a response to a product exclusion request will take approximately 30 minutes, and the total time burden for responses is approximately 3,500 hours. USTR estimates that preparing and submitting a reply will take approximately 30 minutes, and the total time burden for replies is approximately 1,500 hours.

Status: Emergency review. Pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.13, USTR is requesting emergency processing for this ICR because it cannot reasonably comply with normal clearance procedures. To avoid delay that could harm interested U.S. stakeholders and negatively effect trade and investment, the 301 exclusion process must be in place and available to the public on or around June 30, 2019. Upon OMB approval of this emergency clearance request, USTR will follow the normal clearance procedures for the ICR.

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Janice Kaye,

Chief Counsel for Administrative Law.

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[FR Doc. 2019-10482 Filed 5-20-19; 8:45 am]

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