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June 9, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes an announcement that our 2017 satisfaction survey is open, USTR is seeking public input prior to commencing negotiations to modernize NAFTA, and we are seeking comments on several TTB forms.

TTB'S 2017 SATISFACTION SURVEY IS NOW OPEN!

Emails have gone out inviting a sample of our stakeholders to participate in the 2017 TTB Satisfaction Survey. If you received the invitation, please go ahead and take the survey—it's hosted by SurveyMonkey® and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through June 30, 2017, or until our maximum allowable number of responses is reached.

Your feedback plays an important role in helping us understand your concerns, so we can shape our procedures and policies to better meet your needs.

Your responses are anonymous, and it shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to complete the survey. We look forward to hearing from you!

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON NEGOTIATING OBJECTIVES REGARDING MODERNIZATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA AND MEXICO

Among numerous other things, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) confers distinctive product status to "Bourbon Whiskey" and "Tennessee Whiskey" from the United States, "Canadian Whisky" from Canada, and "Tequila" and "Mezcal" from Mexico. As such, the parties agree to only allow those designations to be used on products manufactured in the applicable country.

Source: Federal Register /Vol. 82, No. 98 /Tuesday, May 23, 2017 /Notices

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing.

SUMMARY: The United States intends to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The NAFTA was negotiated more than 25 years ago, and, while our economy and U.S. businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. The United States seeks to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow the U.S. economy by improving U.S. opportunities under NAFTA. Our specific objectives for this negotiation will comply with the specific objectives set forth by Congress in section 102 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.

DATES: If you want to testify at the hearing, you must provide written notification and a summary of your testimony by Monday, June 12, 2017. Written comments also are due by Monday, June 12, 2017.

For more information read the Federal Register notice.

PROPOSED INFORMATION COLLECTIONS; COMMENT REQUEST (NO. 64)

On Friday, June 9, 2017, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comments on 11 existing TTB information collections (forms and recordkeeping requirements). These information collections are:

  • Letterhead Applications and Notice Filed by Brewers (TTB REC 5130/2); and Brewer's Notice (TTB F 5130.10) (OMB Control No. 1513–0005);
  • Application to Establish and Operate Wine Premises (TTB F 5120.25), and Wine Bond (TTB F 5120.36) (OMB Control No. 1513–0009);
  • Brewer's Bond (TTB F 5130.22) and Brewer's Bond Continuation Certificate (TTB F 5130.23); Brewer's Collateral Bond (TTB F 5130.25) and Brewer's Collateral Bond Continuation Certificate (TTB F 5130.27) (OMB Control No. 1513–0015);
  • Withdrawal of Spirits, Specially Denatured Spirits, or Wines for Exportation (TTB F 5100.11) (OBM Control No. 1513–0037);
  • Application for Transfer of Spirits and/or Denatured Spirits in Bond (TTB F 5100.16) (OMB Control No. 1513–0038);
  • Registration of Distilled Spirits Plants and Miscellaneous Requests and Notices for Distilled Spirits Plants, and other Distilled Spirits Related Requests and Notices (TTB F 5110.41) (OMB Control No. 1513–0048);
  • Report of Wine Premises Operations (TTB F 5120.17temp for reporting periods in 2018 & 2019 or TTB F 5120.17 for reporting periods other than 2018 & 2019) (OMB Control No. 1513–0053);
  • Excise Tax Return (TTB F 5000.24) (OMB Control No. 1513–0083);
  • Pay.gov User Agreement (TTB F 5000.31) (OMB Control No. 1513–0117);
  • Application, Permit, and Report—Wine and Beer (Puerto Rico), and Application, Permit, and Report—Distilled Spirits Products (Puerto Rico) (TTB F 5100.21 and 5110.51) (OMB Control No. 1513–0123); and
  • Distilled Spirits Bond (TTB F 5110.56) (OMB Control No. 1513–0125).

To view the notice, all related supporting documents, and any comments received in response to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB–2017–0003 at Regulations.gov. To submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov comment form for this notice. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in the notice.

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