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Export Trading Company Affairs (ETCA)
The Export Trade Certificate of Review Program - The Competitive Edge for U.S. Exporters
[Federal Register: October 23, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 204)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
International Trade Administration
Export Trade Certificate of Review
AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of application for an Export Trade Certificate of Review
from Houston Industries, USA, L.L.C.
SUMMARY: Export Trading Company Affairs (``ETCA''), International Trade
Administration, Department of Commerce, has received an application for
an Export Trade Certificate of Review (``Certificate''). This notice
summarizes the conduct for which certification is sought and requests
comments relevant to whether the Certificate should be issued.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Anspacher, Director, Export
Trading Company Affairs, International Trade Administration, by
telephone at (202) 482-5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or E-mail
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act
of 1982 (15 U.S.C. 4001-21) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to
issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. An Export Trade Certificate
of Review protects the holder and the members identified in the
Certificate from state and federal government antitrust actions and
from private treble damage antitrust actions for the export conduct
specified in the Certificate and carried out in compliance with its
terms and conditions. Section 302(b)(1) of the Export Trading Company
Act of 1982 and 15 CFR 325.6(a) require the Secretary to publish a
notice in the Federal Register identifying the applicant and
summarizing its proposed export conduct.
Request for Public Comments
Interested parties may submit written comments relevant to the
determination whether a Certificate should be issued. If the comments
include any privileged or confidential business information, it must be
clearly marked and a nonconfidential version of the comments
(identified as such) should be included. Any comments not marked
privileged or confidential business information will be deemed to be
nonconfidential. An original and five (5) copies, plus two (2) copies
of the nonconfidential version, should be submitted no later than 20
days after the date of this notice to: Export Trading Company Affairs,
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room
7021-B H, Washington, DC 20230. Information submitted by any person is
exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.
552). However, nonconfidential versions of the comments will be made
available to the applicant if necessary for determining whether or not
to issue the Certificate. Comments should refer to this application as
``Export Trade Certificate of Review, application number 07-00004.'' A
summary of the application follows.
Summary of the Application
Applicant: Houston Industries, USA, L.L.C. (``HIUSA''), 2319 East
Highland Avenue 354s, Phoenix, Arizona 85016.
Contact: Paul A. Houston, President, Telephone: (615) 293-4116.
Application No.: 07-00004.
Date Deemed Submitted: October 16, 2007.
Members (in addition to applicant): None.
HIUSA seeks a Certificate to cover the following specific Export
Trade, Export Markets, and Export Trade Activities and Methods of
3. Technology Rights
Technology rights, including, but not limited to, patents,
trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets that relate to Products and
4. Export Trade Facilitation Services (as They Relate to the Export of
Products, Services and Technology Rights)
Export Trade Facilitation Services, including, but not limited to,
professional services in the areas of government relations and
assistance with state and federal programs; foreign trade and business
protocol; consulting; market research and analysis; collection of
information on trade opportunities; marketing; negotiations; joint
ventures; shipping; export management; export licensing; advertising;
documentation and services related to compliance with customs
requirements; insurance and financing; trade show exhibitions;
organizational development; management and labor strategies; transfer
of technology; transportation services; and facilitating the formation
of shippers' associations.
The Export Markets include all parts of the world except the United
States (the fifty states of the United States, the District of
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American
Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands).
Export Trade Activities and Methods of Operation
1. With respect to the sale of Products and Services, licensing of
Technology Rights and provision of Export Trade Facilitation Services,
a. Provide and/or arrange for the provisions of Export Trade
b. Engage in promotional and marketing activities and collect
information on trade opportunities in the Export Markets and distribute
such information to clients;
c. Enter into exclusive and/or non-exclusive licensing and/or sales
agreements with Suppliers for the export of Products, Services, and/or
Technology Rights to Export Markets;
d. Enter into exclusive and/or non-exclusive arrangements with
distributors and/or sales representatives in Export Markets;
e. Allocate export sales or divide Export Markets among Suppliers
for the sale and/or licensing of Products, Services, and/or Technology
f. Allocate export orders among Suppliers;
g. Establish the price of Products, Services, and/or Technology
Rights for sales and/or licensing in Export Markets;
h. Negotiate, enter into, and/or manage licensing agreements for
the export of Technology Rights; and
i. Enter into contracts for shipping.
2. HIUSA and its individual Suppliers may regularly exchange
information on a one-on-one basis regarding that Supplier's inventories
and near-term production schedules so HIUSA may determine the
availability of Products for export and effectively coordinated with
its distributors in Export Markets.
Dated: October 17, 2007.
Director, Export Trading Company Affairs.
[FR Doc. E7-20787 Filed 10-22-07; 8:45 am]
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