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Further information regarding this Home Page (www.ustr.gov) in the As in the case of last year’s NTE, we
meeting can be obtained by contacting Document Library under the section on are asking that particular emphasis be
the Designated Federal Official between Reports. In order to ensure compliance placed on any practices that may violate
8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ET). Persons with the statutory mandate for reporting U.S. trade agreements. We are also
planning to attend this meeting are foreign trade barriers that are interested in receiving any new or
urged to contact the above named significant, we will focus particularly on updated information pertinent to the
individual at least 2 working days prior those restrictions where there has been barriers covered in last year’s report as
to the meeting to be advised of any active private sector interest. well as new information. Please note
potential changes in the agenda. The information submitted should that the information not used in the
Dated: August 23, 2007. relate to one or more of the following NTE will be maintained for use in future
Antonio F. Dias,
ten categories of foreign trade barriers: negotiations.
(1) Import policies (e.g., tariffs and It is most important that your
Branch Chief, ACNW&M. submission contain estimates of the
other import charges, quantitative
[FR Doc. 07–4256 Filed 8–27–07; 10:07 am] restrictions, import licensing, and potential increase in exports that would
BILLING CODE 7590–01–P customs barriers); result from the removal of the barrier, as
(2) standards, testing, labeling, and well as a clear discussion of the
certification (including unnecessarily method(s) by which the estimates were
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES restrictive application of phytosanitary computed. Estimates should fall within
TRADE REPRESENTATIVE standards, refusal to accept U.S. the following value ranges: Less than $5
manufacturers’ self-certification of million; $5 to $25 million; $25 million
Request for Public Comment With conformance to foreign product to $50 million; $50 million to $100
Respect to the Annual National Trade standards, and environmental million; $100 million to $500 million; or
Estimate Report on Foreign Trade restrictions); over $500 million. Such assessments
Barriers (3) government procurement (e.g., enhance USTR’s ability to conduct
AGENCY: Office of the United States ‘‘buy national’’ policies and closed meaningful comparative analyses of a
Trade Representative. bidding); barrier’s effect over a range of
(4) export subsidies (e.g., export industries.
ACTION: Notice.
financing on preferential terms and Please note that interested parties
SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 303 of the agricultural export subsidies that discussing barriers in more than one
Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, as displace U.S. exports in third country country should, whenever possible,
amended, USTR is required to publish markets); provide a separate submission (i.e., one
annually the National Trade Estimate (5) lack of intellectual property that is self-contained) for each country
Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). protection (e.g., inadequate patent, with the country indicated in the
With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff copyright, and trademark regimes); subject line of each submission. If
Committee (TPSC) is requesting (6) services barriers (e.g., limits on the separate, country-specific submissions
interested parties to assist it in range of financial services offered by are not feasible, please identify all
identifying significant barriers to U.S. foreign financial institutions, regulation countries covered by a submission in
exports of goods, services and overseas of international data flows, restrictions the subject line of that submission.
direct investment for inclusion in the on the use of data processing, quotas on Requirements for Submissions: In
NTE. Particularly important are imports of foreign films, and barriers to order to facilitate prompt processing of
impediments materially affecting the the provision of services by submissions, USTR strongly urges and
actual and potential financial professionals (e.g., lawyers, doctors, prefers electronic (e-mail) submissions
performance of an industry sector. The accountants, engineers, nurses, etc.)); in response to this notice. In the event
TPSC invites written comments that (7) investment barriers (e.g., an e-mail submission is impossible,
provide views relevant to the issues to limitations on foreign equity submissions should be made by
be examined in preparing the NTE. participation and on access to foreign facsimile. Facsimile submissions should
government-funded R&D consortia, local not exceed a maximum of 20 pages.
DATES: Public comments are due not
content, technology transfer and export E-mail submissions should be single
later than Thursday, November 8, 2007. copy transmissions in English.
performance requirements, and
ADDRESSES: Submissions by electronic Submissions should use the following
restrictions on repatriation of earnings,
mail: FR0717@USTR.EOP.GOV. capital, fees and royalties); subject line: ‘‘2008 National Trade
Submissions by facsimile: Gloria Blue, (8) anticompetitive practices with Estimate Report—Submission by (sector,
Executive Secretary, Trade Policy Staff trade effects tolerated by foreign company, association) Documents must
Committee, Office of the United States governments (including anticompetitive be submitted as either WordPerfect
Trade Representative (202–395–6143). activities of both state-owned and (‘‘WPD’’), MSWord (’’DOC’’), or text
The public is strongly encouraged to private firms that apply to services or to (‘‘TXT’’) file. Documents should not be
submit documents electronically rather goods and that restrict the sale of U.S. submitted as electronic image files or
than by facsimile. (See requirements for products to any firm, not just to foreign contain imbedded images (for example,
submissions below.) firms, that perpetuate the practices); ‘‘JPG’’, ‘‘PDF’’ ‘‘BMP’’, or ‘‘GIF’’), as
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (9) trade restrictions affecting these type of files are generally
Questions regarding the report, its electronic commerce (e.g., tariff and excessively large. Supporting
subject matter or procedural questions non-tariff measures, burdensome and Documentation submitted as
concerning submissions should be discriminatory regulations and spreadsheets are acceptable as Quattro
directed to Ms. Gloria Blue, Office of standards, and discriminatory taxation); Pro or Excel, pre-formatted for printing
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Policy Coordination, Office of the and on 81⁄2 x 11 inch paper. To the extent
United States Trade Representative (10) other barriers (i.e., barriers that possible, any data attachments to the
(202–395–3475). encompass more than one category, e.g, submission should be included in the
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Last year’s bribery and corruption, or that affect a same file as the submission itself, and
report may be found on USTR’s Internet single sector). not as separate files.

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Petitions will be available for public MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: will allow the Commission to ensure
inspection by appointment with the Consideration of fiscal years 2008 and that the futures commission merchants
staff of the USTR Public Reading Room, 2009 budgets; Selection of vice and introducing brokers meet the
except for information granted chairman. statutory conditions to register by notice
‘‘business confidential’’ status pursuant FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: pursuant to section 15(b)(11) of the
to 15 CFR 2003.6. If the submission Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, Exchange Act. This information will
contains business confidential at 202–789–6820. assist the Commission in fulfilling its
information, a non-confidential version Dated: August 24, 2007. regulatory obligations.
of the submission must also be Written comments are invited on: (a)
Steven W. Williams,
submitted that indicates where Whether the proposed collection of
Secretary. information is necessary for the proper
confidential information was redacted
by inserting asterisks where material [FR Doc. 07–4254 Filed 8–24–07; 4:42 pm] performance of the functions of the
was deleted. In addition, the BILLING CODE 7710–FW–M agency, including whether the
confidential submission must be clearly information shall have practical utility;
marked ‘‘Business Confidential’’ in (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate
large, bold letters at the top and bottom SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE of the burden of the proposed collection
of every page of the documents. The COMMISSION of information; (c) ways to enhance the
public version that does not contain quality, utility and clarity of the
business confidential information must Proposed Collection; Comment information to be collected; and (d)
be clearly marked either ‘‘Public Request ways to minimize the burden of the
Version’’ or ‘‘Non-Confidential’’ in Upon written request, copies available collection of information on
large, bold letters at the top and bottom from: Securities and Exchange respondents, including through the use
of every page. The file name of any Commission, Office of Investor of automated collection techniques or
documents containing business Education and Advocacy, Washington, other forms of information technology.
confidential information attached to an DC 20549–0213. Consideration will be given to
e-mail transmission should begin with Extension: Form BD–N/Rule 15b11–1; SEC
comments and suggestions submitted in
the characters ‘‘BC-’’, and the file name File No. 270–498; OMB Control No. writing within 60 days of this
of the public version should begin with 3235–0556. publication.
the characters ‘‘P-’’. The ‘‘P-’’ or ‘‘BC-’’ Comments should be directed to: R.
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information
should be followed by the name of the to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
person or party submitting the petition. Officer, Securities and Exchange
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson,
Submissions by e-mail should not and Exchange Commission
include separate cover letters or 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria,
(‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments Virginia 22312 or send an e-mail to:
messages in the message area of the e- on the collection of information
mail; information that might appear in PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must
summarized below. The Commission be submitted within 60 days of this
any cover letter should be included plans to submit this existing collection
directly in the submission. The e-mail notice.
of information to the Office of
address for submissions is Management and Budget for extension Dated: August 22, 2007.
FR0717@ustr.eop.gov. Public versions of and approval. Florence E. Harmon,
all documents relating to this review Rule 15b11–1 (17 CFR 240.15b11–1) Deputy Secretary.
will be available for review shortly after and Form BD–N (17 CFR 249.501b) [FR Doc. E7–17077 Filed 8–28–07; 8:45 am]
the due date by appointment in the serve as the form of notice for futures BILLING CODE 8010–01–P
USTR Public Reading Room, 1724 F commission merchants and introducing
Street, NW., Washington, DC. brokers that register as broker-dealers by
Availability of documents may be notice pursuant to section 15(b)(11)(A) SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
ascertained and appointments may be of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 COMMISSION
made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.). Specifically, the
to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by form requires a broker-dealer registering Proposed Collection; Comment
calling (202–395–6186). by notice to indicate whether it is filing Request
Carmen Suro-Bredie, a notice registration to conduct a Upon Written Request, Copies Available
Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee. securities business in security futures From: Securities and Exchange
[FR Doc. E7–17118 Filed 8–28–07; 8:45 am] products and if so, that it satisfies the Commission, Office of Investor
BILLING CODE 3190–W7–P
statutory conditions for notice Education and Advocacy,
registration. Washington, DC 20549–0213.
The total annual burden imposed by
Rule 15b11–1 and Form BD–N is Extension: Rule 15Ba2–5; OMB Control No.
approximately 8 hours, based on 3235–0088; SEC File No. 270–91.
POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION
approximately 16 responses (16 initial Notice is hereby given that pursuant
Sunshine Act Meetings filings + 0 amendments). Each initial to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
filing requires approximately 30 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities
AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission. minutes to complete and each and Exchange Commission
amendment requires approximately 15 (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments
TIME AND DATE: Wednesday, August 29,
minutes to complete. There is no annual on the collection of information
2007, at 2:30 p.m.
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cost burden. summarized below. The Commission


PLACE: Commission Conference Room, The Commission will use the plans to submit this existing collection
901 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 200, information collected pursuant to Rule of information to the Office of
Washington, DC 20268–0001. 15b11–1 to elicit basic identification Management and Budget for extension
STATUS: Open. information as well as information that and approval.

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