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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: February 24, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 36)]


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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



International Trade Administration

Export Trade Certificate of Review

ACTION: Notice of issuance of an Export Trade Certificate of Review,

Application No. 03-00007.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce issued an Export Trade Certificate

of Review to the Great Lakes Fruit Exporters Association, LLC (GLFEA),

on December 15, 2003. This notice summarizes the conduct for which

certification has been granted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey C. Anspacher, Director, Office

of Export Trading Company Affairs, International Trade Administration,

by telephone at (202) 482-5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or E-

mail at

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. The regulations implementing

Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325 2003). The Office of Export

Trading Company Affairs (``OETCA'') is issuing this notice pursuant to

15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Department of Commerce to publish a

summary of a Certificate in the Federal Register. Under section 305 (a)

of the Act and 15 CFR 325.11(a), any person aggrieved by the

Secretary's determination may, within 30 days of the date of this

notice, bring an action in any appropriate district court of the United

States to set aside the determination on the ground that the

determination is erroneous.

Description of Certified Conduct

Export Trade:

1. Products

Fresh apples.

2. Services

All export-related services, including, but not limited to,

international market research, marketing, advertising, sales promotion,

brokering, handling, transportation, common marking and identification,

communication and processing of foreign orders to and for members,

financing, export licensing and other trade documentation, warehousing,

shipping, legal assistance, foreign exchange and taking title to goods.

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 and assistance relating to: Government relations;

State and Federal export programs; foreign trade and business protocol;

consulting; market research and analysis; collection of information on

trade opportunities; marketing; negotiations; joint ventures; shipping

and 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 the formation of shippers' associations.

Export Markets

The export markets include all parts of the world except the United

States (the 50 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 provisions of export trade facilitation services,

GLFEA on its own or on behalf of any of its members may:

a. Establish sale prices, minimum sale prices, target sale prices

and/or minimum target sale prices and other terms of sale in export


b. Conduct marketing and distribution of fresh apples in export


c. Conduct promotion of fresh apples;

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d. Agree on quantities of fresh apples to be sold provided that

each member shall be required to dedicate only that quantity or

quantities as each member shall independently determine.

e. Allocate geographic areas or countries in the export markets

and/or customers in export markets among members.

f. Refuse to quote prices for fresh apples, or to market or sell

fresh apples, to or for any customers in the export markets, or any

countries or geographic areas in the export markets.

g. Enter into exclusive and nonexclusive agreements appointing one

or more export intermediaries for the sales of fresh apples with price,

quantity, territorial and/or customer restrictions as provided above.

2. GLFEA and it members may exchange and discuss the following


a. Information about sale and marketing efforts for the export

markets, activities and opportunities for sales of fresh apples in the

export markets, selling strategies for the export markets, sales for

the export markets, contract and spot pricing in the export markets,

projected demands in the export markets for fresh apples, customary

terms of sale in the export markets, prices and availability of fresh

apples from competitors for sale in the export markets, and

specifications for fresh apples by customers in the export markets;

b. Information about the price, quality, quantity, source, and

delivery dates of fresh apples available from the members to export;

c. Information about terms and conditions of contracts for sale in

the export markets to be considered and/or bid on by GLFEA and its


d. Information about joint bidding or selling arrangements for the

export markets and allocations of sales resulting from such

arrangements among the members;

e. Information about expenses specific to exporting to and within

the export markets, including without limitation, transportation,

trans- or intermodel shipments, insurance, inland freights to port,

port storage, commissions, export sales, documentation, financing,

customs, duties, and taxes;

f. Information about U.S. and foreign legislation and regulations,

including Federal marketing order programs, affecting sales for the

export markets;

g. Information about GLFEA or its members' export operations,

including without limitation, sales and distribution networks

established by GLFEA or its members in the export markets, and prior

export sales by members (including export price information); and

h. Information about export customer credit terms and credit


3. GLFEA and its members may meet to engage in the activities

described in items 1 and 2 above.

Members (Within the Meaning of Section 325.2(l) of the Regulations)

Greg Orchards and Produce, Inc., Benton Harbor, Michigan; Riveridge

Produce Marketing, Inc., Sparta, Michigan; North Bay Produce, Inc.,

Traverse City, Michigan; Applewood Orchards, Inc., Deerfield, Michigan;

Heeren Brothers Inc., d/b/a Heeren Brothers Produce, Grand Rapids,

Michigan; Greenridge Fruit, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jack Brown

Produce, Inc., Sparta, Michigan; BelleHarvest Sales, Inc., Belding,

Michigan; A.J.'s Produce Inc., Casnovia, Michigan; and Appletree

Marketing LLC, Ada, Michigan. Review continue to comply with the

standards of section 303(a) of the Act.

Protection Provided by Certificate

This Certificate protects GLFEA and its directors, officers, and

employees acting on its behalf, as well as its members, and their

directors, officers, and employees acting on their behalf, from private

treble damage actions and governmental criminal and civil suits under

U.S. Federal and State antitrust laws for the export conduct specified

in the Certificate and carried out during its effective period in

compliance with its terms and conditions.


1. ``Supplier'' means a person who produces, provides, or sells a

product and/or service.

Dated: February 17, 2004.

Jeffrey C. Anspacher,

Director, Office of Export Trading Company Affairs.

[FR Doc. 04-3871 Filed 2-23-04; 8:45 am]


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