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U.S., Brazil Advance Efforts on Standards, Trade Facilitation, Regulations, Services

Monday, November 23, 2015
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According to a joint statement, the most recent meeting of the Brazil-U.S. Commercial Dialogue held Nov. 17-19 yielded pledges to take the following steps to further strengthen two-way trade and investment.

Standards and Conformity Assessment

- The Brazilian Association of the Textile and Apparel Industry and the American Apparel & Footwear Association have agreed to initiate a comparative analysis of their respective standards and regulatory requirements in specific areas, which would allow for an objective assessment about the feasibility and interest from both sides in greater alignment of standards and conformity assessment or in mutual recognition mechanisms.

- Brazil´s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology and Underwriters Laboratories signed a memorandum of understanding through which they intend to develop trade facilitation mechanisms related to their respective operating areas. They agreed to support information exchange on best practices regarding conformity assessment and overcoming technical barriers to trade, to promote scientific and technical interchange, and to enhance industry knowledge on compliance requirements.

- An online Brazil-U.S. standards portal is expected to be formally launched in the upcoming months.

Trade Facilitation

- Under a memorandum signed this past March, Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and the Department of Commerce have identified challenges related to the movement of goods across borders that can be addressed by trade facilitation initiatives and have decided to start by exploring the use of electronic signatures to facilitate trade and how to support small and medium-sized enterprises to make good use of tools to better facilitate trade.

Regulatory Coherence

- Brazil´s Foreign Trade Chamber and the International Trade Administration signed a memorandum that provides a mechanism for the exchange of information and experiences on good regulatory practices, specifically regarding regulations that have a direct impact on bilateral trade. 

Services

- DOC and MDIC are developing a value chain-based methodology for mapping the relevant parts of cold chain systems in Brazil and the U.S. using simplified value chain analysis. Both countries have drafted a work plan to pilot test the methodology in order to identify and address issues in specific sectors.

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