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107 STAT. 2590 PROCLAMATION 6515—DEC. 16, 1992 changes to the HTS. Pursuant to section 1205(c) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005(c)), taking into account the views and submissions of Federal Government agencies and other interested parties, the Commission submitted to the President two reports, one in March 1991 (with a June addendum and revision in May 1992) and the second in November 1991, recommending changes to the HTS in accordance with the provisions of section 1205. The Commission included in its reports copies or siunmaries of the submissions received in the investigations, together with a statement of the probable economic effect of each recommended change on any industry in the United States. 4. Pursuant to section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)), I have determined that the recommended modifications are in conformity with United States obligations under the Convention and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States. The report and lay-over requirements of section 1206(b) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(b)) have been met. 5. Pursuant to section 1102(a) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 2902(a)), on December 5, 1988, the United States entered into a trade agreement providing for the reduction of rates of duty applicable to imports of certain tropical products. This trade agreement with other contracting parties to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade ("GATT") (61 Stat. (pts. 5 and 6)), as amended, committed the United States to make, on a provisional basis, tariff reductions on eniunerated tropical products. 6. Pursuant to section 1102(a) of the 1988 Act, by Proclamation 6030 of September 28, 1989, and specifically Annex n thereto, I proclaimed temporary reductions of existing duties on imports of such enmnerated tropical products, to be effective through December 31, 1992. 7. Piu*suant to the 1988 Act, I have determined that the modification or continuance of existing duties is required or appropriate to carry out the trade agreement on tropical products. Accordingly, I have decided to extend the effective period of the temporary duty reductions on such eniunerated tropical products, as set forth in headings 9903.10.01 through 9903.10.42, inclusive, of the HTS, through December 31, 1993. 8. Pursuant to subtitle B of title I of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3001- 3012), by Proclamation 5911 of November 19, 1988, the United States adopted and implemented the HTS, comprising the Tariff Schedules of the United States ("TSUS") (19 U.S.C. 1202) converted into the format of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System ("Harmonized System"). Included in the HTS, effective January 1, 1989, were new provisions covering jams of peaches, apricots, raspberries, or cherries, falling under Harmonized System subheading 2007.99. The Rates of Duty 1-General subcolumn on such products under these new HTS provisions were higher than the corresponding column 1 duty rates under the pertinent former TSUS items, because of procedures generally applied dmring the tariff conversion and definitional differences between the two nomenclature J systems. 9. Section 312 of the Customs and Trade Act of 1990 ("1990 Act") (Public Law 101-382; 104 Stat. 666) temporarily reduced the most-fa- vored-nation (MFN) duty rates (reflected in the coliman 1 rates of duty) on such imported products to the levels applicable under the former TSUS, effective through December 31, 1992. Section 312(b) of the 1990