[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 127 (Wednesday, July 2, 1997)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 35909-35944]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-17565]

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Part V

The President


Proclamation 7011--To Implement the World Trade Organization 
Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products and 
the Agreement on Distilled Spirits

Executive Order 13053--Adding Members to and Extending the President's 
Council on Sustainable Development

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 62, No. 127 / Wednesday, July 2, 1997 / 
Presidential Documents


Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 7011 of June 30, 1997

To Implement the World Trade Organization 
                Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information 
                Technology Products and the Agreement on Distilled 

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                1. On December 13, 1996, the first Ministerial Meeting 
                of the World Trade Organization (``the WTO'') issued a 
                Declaration On Trade In Information Technology Products 
                (``the ITA''), which established a framework for 
                expanding world trade in information technology 
                products and enhancing market access opportunities for 
                such products. To implement that declaration, 42 WTO 
                members and governments in the process of acceding to 
                the WTO agreed to eliminate duties on information 
                technology products. These products encompass computers 
                and computer equipment, semiconductors and integrated 
                circuits, computer software products, 
                telecommunications equipment, semiconductor 
                manufacturing equipment, and computer-based analytical 
                instruments. The participants further agreed on the 
                common objective of achieving, where appropriate, a 
                common classification of such goods for tariff purposes 
                within the existing nomenclature of the Harmonized 
                Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), and on a 
                possible future joint suggestion to the World Customs 
                Organization to update existing HS nomenclature or to 
                otherwise remedy any divergence in classification of 
                such goods or in interpretation of the HS nomenclature.

                2. The United States and the European Union, on behalf 
                of its 15 member states, also reached agreement at the 
                WTO Ministerial Meeting on the elimination of duties on 
                certain distilled spirits.

                3. Section 111(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act 
                (URAA)(19 U.S.C. 3521(b)) authorizes the President to 
                proclaim the modification of any duty or staged rate 
                reduction of any duty set forth in Schedule XX for 
                products in tariff categories that were the subject of 
                reciprocal duty elimination or harmonization 
                negotiations during the Uruguay Round, if the United 
                States agrees to such action in a multilateral 
                negotiation under the auspices of the WTO and after 
                compliance with the requirements of section 115 of the 
                URAA (19 U.S.C. 3524). The products covered by the ITA 
                and the Agreement on Distilled Spirits were the subject 
                of reciprocal duty elimination negotiations during the 
                Uruguay Round.

                4. Accordingly, pursuant to section 111(b) of the URAA, 
                I have determined to proclaim modifications in the 
                tariff categories and rates of duty set forth in the 
                Harmonized Tariff Schedule (``the HTS''), as set forth 
                in the Annexes to this proclamation.

                5. Proclamation 6763 of December 23, 1994, implemented 
                the tariff and other customs treatment resulting from 
                the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations, 
                as set forth in Schedule XX, with respect to the United 
                States. Proclamation 6641 of December 15, 1993, 
                implemented the North American Free Trade Agreement 
                (``the NAFTA'') with respect to the United States and 
                incorporated in the HTS the tariff modifications and 
                rules of origin necessary or appropriate to carry out 
                or apply the NAFTA. Certain tariff provisions 
                established by these proclamations, including staged 
                reductions in rates of duty, and certain NAFTA rules of 
                origin must be modified

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                in light of the implementation of the ITA, to ensure 
                that the previously proclaimed tariff and other customs 
                treatment will be continued, and to take into account 
                the tariff treatment provided for in the ITA. 
                Accordingly, I have determined to modify the HTS in 
                order to continue or provide such tariff and other 
                customs treatment.

                6. Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended 
                (``the 1974 Act'') (19 U.S.C. 2483), authorizes the 
                President to embody in the HTS the substance of the 
                relevant provisions of that Act, and of other acts 
                affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, 
                including removal, modification, continuance, or 
                imposition of any rate of duty or other import 

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the 
                United States of America, acting under the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States of America, including but not limited to 
                section 111(b) of the URAA and section 604 of the 1974 
                Act, do hereby proclaim:

                    (1) In order to provide for the immediate or staged 
                elimination of duties on the information technology 
                products covered by the ITA and on certain distilled 
                spirits, and to make conforming changes in other 
                provisions, the HTS is modified as set forth in the 
                Annexes to this proclamation.
                    (2) The modifications to the HTS made by this 
                proclamation shall be effective with respect to goods 
                entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, 
                on or after the dates specified in the Annexes to this 
                    (3) All provisions of previous proclamations and 
                Executive orders that are inconsistent with the actions 
                taken in this proclamation are superseded to the extent 
                of such inconsistency.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirtieth day of June, in the year of our Lord nineteen 
                hundred and ninety-seven, and of the Independence of 
                the United States of America the two hundred and 

                    (Presidential Sig.)

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[FR Doc. 97-17565
Filed 7-1-97; 11:07 am]
Billing code 3190-01-C