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ITC Asked to Review but Keep Secret Effects of Lowering Tariffs on Environmental Goods

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has asked the International Trade Commission to provide within three months its advice on the probable economic effects of lowering tariffs on the following products on industries producing like or directly competitive articles as well as consumers.

HTSUS 4418.72.95 – assembled flooring panels, multilayer, other than those having a face ply more than 6mm in thickness, other than unidirectional bamboo

HTSUS 8404.20.00 – condensers for steam or other vapor power units

HTSUS 8406.90.20 – parts of steam turbines, rotors, finished for final assembly

HTSUS 8406.90.30 – parts of steam turbines, rotors not further advances than cleaned or machined for removal of fins, gates, sprues and risers, or to permit location in finishing machinery

HTSUS 8406.90.40 – parts of steam turbines, blades, rotating or stationary

HTSUS 8406.90.45 – parts of steam turbines, other

These six goods are among 54 on which members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have agreed to reduce duties to five percent or less by the end of this year.

USTR has further requested that the ITC keep its advice confidential for ten years, stating that it “concerns economic matters relating to the national security” and that it will consider the ITC’s report to be “an inter-agency memorandum that will contain pre-decisional advice and be subject to the deliberative process privilege.”

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