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Trans-Pacific Pact Participation by Japan, Canada, Mexico Subject of USTR Inquiry

Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is inviting written comments by noon on Jan. 13, 2012, on the interest expressed by Japan, Canada and Mexico in potentially joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. USTR is assessing this interest in light of the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and specific issues of concern to the U.S. regarding barriers to agriculture, services and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff measures, in these countries. USTR is particularly interested in the following issues.

• economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of eliminating tariffs and eliminating or reducing non-tariff barriers on goods and services traded with these countries

• treatment by these countries of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers), including product-specific import or export interests or barriers

• adequacy of existing customs measures to ensure that only qualifying imported goods from these countries receive preferential treatment, as well as appropriate rules of origin for goods entering the U.S.

• sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade and/or barriers to trade in services that should be addressed

• relevant issues concerning electronic commerce, trade-related intellectual property rights, investment, competition, government procurement, environment, labor, transparency, innovation and competitiveness, new technologies and emerging economic sectors, the participation of small and medium-sized businesses in trade, and the development of efficient production and supply chains

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