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Just weeks before the European Union and the United States are slated to begin historic free trade agreement talks, some U.S. manufacturers were jolted by the EU’s recent decision to dramatically increase tariffs on specific US-made goods, including high end women’s denim jeans manufactured by a recently revitalized southern California garment industry.
United States and European Union companies involved in cross-continent trade in services, importing and exporting have less than 30 days to take advantage of an opportunity to interject their specific trade “wish lists” into the upcoming free trade talks. Negotiations on the EU-US free trade agreement are slated to begin as early as June and the Office of United States Trade Representative is seeking the comments of interested parties by May 10, 2013. Requests to present testimony at USTR hearings to be held May 29 and May 30 are also due on May 10.