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China’s Compliance with WTO Commitments is Focus of Annual USTR Review

Monday, August 18, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting input and holding a public hearing in preparation for its annual report to Congress on China’s compliance with the commitments it made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization, including in the following areas.

- trading rights

- import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas, import licenses)

- export regulation

- internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, trade-related investment measures, taxes and charges levied on imports and exports)

- intellectual property rights (including enforcement)

- services

- rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations) and status of legal reform

USTR requests that interested persons specifically identify unresolved compliance issues that warrant review and evaluation by its China Enforcement Task Force.

Comments are due by Sept. 17 and the hearing will be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1. Requests to testify at the hearing are also due by Sept. 17.

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