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ITC Launches Study of Proposed Modifications to NAFTA Rules of Origin

Monday, April 01, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation of the probable economic effects of a fourth set of proposed modifications of the NAFTA rules of origin. This investigation covers a wide variety of articles, including miscellaneous edible preparations; mineral fuels; products of the chemical or allied industries; plastics; rubber and related articles; cork; glass and glassware; copper, nickel, lead, tin, zinc and other base metals; nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, mechanical appliances and related parts; electrical machinery and related parts; rail locomotives and parts; parts for trailers and semi-trailers; optical, medical, measuring or checking instruments and apparatus; certain furniture; certain toys and games; lighters; and smoking pipes. Details can be obtained here.

The ITC will examine the probable economic effects of these modifications on U.S. trade under NAFTA, total U.S. trade and domestic industries. The ITC expects to submit its advice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Nov. 12. There will be no public hearing in connection with this investigation but written submissions for the record are being accepted from all interested parties through June 4.

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