EU Trade Barriers for U.S. SMEs to be Focus of ITC Investigation
The International Trade Commission has launched an investigation of the trade barriers that U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises perceive as disproportionately affecting their exports to the European Union compared to those of larger exporters. This investigation was requested by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in association with the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, which among other things will seek to enhance the participation of SMEs in trade between the U.S. and the EU.
The ITC’s report in this investigation will identify barriers faced by U.S. SMEs exporting both goods and services and will focus on sectors with high concentrations of SMEs. The ITC will also address specific trade barriers in individual EU member states and provide qualitative distinctions among the identified barriers.
The schedule for this investigation is as follows.
Sept. 13 – deadline for filing requests to appear at the public hearing
Sept. 20 – deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and statements
Oct. 8 – public hearing
Oct. 15 – deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and all other written statements
Jan. 31, 2014 – transmittal of ITC report to USTR