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ITC Launches Probes on Environmental Goods Trade Agreement

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The International Trade Commission has initiated two investigations in connection with the pending launch of negotiations on an Environmental Goods Trade Agreement.

In investigation TA-131-09, the ITC will provide its advice on the probable economic effect on U.S. consumers and U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive products of providing duty-free treatment for imports of covered environmental goods. The ITC will hold a hearing in this investigation May 14 and requests to appear at this hearing, along with pre-hearing briefs and statements, are due by May 6. Post-hearing briefs and statements, as well as all other written submissions, are due no later than May 19. The ITC expects to send its final report to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Aug. 4.

In investigation 332-548 the ITC will provide trade information and estimates for covered environmental goods, including the HTSUS nomenclature for these items, specific product examples for “ex-outs” that specify an end use, major U.S. producers, the estimated value of U.S. imports and exports, likely key U.S. export markets, and permanent normal trade relations/most-favored-nation applied and bound tariff rates in key environmental goods markets. Written submissions are due no later than July 1 and the ITC’s final report is due to USTR by Oct. 6.

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