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Russia’s Implementation of WTO Obligations Will be Focus of Oct. 10 USTR Hearing

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will hold a public meeting Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C., and is requesting comments through Sept. 26 to aid in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on Russia’s implementation of its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization. This report must evaluate, among other things, Russia’s implementation of WTO rules on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights as well as its progress in acceding to the Information Technology Agreement and the Government Procurement Agreement. To the extent that USTR finds that Russia is not implementing the WTO Agreement fully or is not making adequate progress in acceding to the ITA or the GPA, it must describe in the report the actions it plans to take to encourage Russia to improve its implementation and/or increase its accession efforts.

USTR is inviting written comments and/or oral testimony on Russia’s implementation of its commitments, including in the following areas. 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, IPR (including enforcement), services, and rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations).

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