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USTR Inviting Input on Compliance by China, Russia with WTO Commitments

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is soliciting input on compliance by China and, for the first time, Russia with their commitments under the World Trade Organization.

China. Comments on China’s compliance with its WTO commitments, including the issues listed below, are due no later than Sept. 20. USTR will also hold a public hearing to gather input on this topic on Oct. 4. Those wishing to testify at this meeting must notify USTR no later than Sept. 20.

- trading rights

- import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas, import licenses)

- export regulation

- internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, trade-related investment measures, taxes and charges levied on imports and exports)

- intellectual property rights (including IPR enforcement)

- services

- rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations) and status of legal reform

USTR also requests that interested persons specifically identify unresolved compliance issues that warrant review and evaluation by USTR’s China Enforcement Task Force.

Russia. Comments on Russia’s implementation of its obligations as a WTO member, including the issues listed below, are due no later than Sept. 12. USTR will also hold a hearing to gather input on this topic on Sept. 27. Requests to testify at this meeting are due no later than Sept. 12.

- import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas, import licenses)

- export regulation

- subsidies

- standards and technical regulations

- sanitary and phytosanitary measures

- trade-related investment measures

- taxes and charges levied on imports and exports

- other internal policies affecting trade

- intellectual property rights (including IPR enforcement) - services

- rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations)

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