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ITC Asked to Report on Exports of Used Electronic Products

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative sent to the International Trade Commission Jan. 9 a request for a report on U.S. exports of used electronic products such as audio and visual equipment, computers and peripheral equipment, digital imaging devices, telecommunication equipment, and component parts of these goods. This request is aimed at gaining a clearer picture of trade flows of used electronic products, one of the recommendations in the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship released last summer.

USTR asked the ITC to deliver its report by Feb. 9, 2013, and to include the following information for 2011 or the latest year data are available.

• the type, volume and value of, and foreign markets of significance for, exports of used electronic products

• the forms and activities, with respect to used electronic products, of enterprises receiving U.S. exporters’ shipments, most common end uses of exports in the foreign market (further processing, final disposal, etc.), and the extent of cross-border, intra-firm shipments by U.S. exporters

• the characteristics of used electronic products exported from the U.S., including product condition (e.g., working, non-working, remanufacturable, refurbishable, repairable), composition of shipments (single product type, multiple product types), and the extent to which exports are processed (broken down or stripped) or remain intact prior to exportation

• the forms, activities and characteristics of domestic exporting enterprises (e.g., original equipment manufacturers, remanufacturers, refurbishers, brokers, recyclers, nonprofits, etc.), including the extent to which the exporter is foreign-invested

USTR is also interested in the following information to the extent it is available: the relative share of sales by U.S. companies of used electronic products that are exported, sold to firms in the U.S., processed by the exporter itself and disposed of by the exporter itself; and the factors affecting trade in used electronic products.

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