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June 12 Deadline to Submit Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has set a June 12 deadline for the submission of public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA. USTR will also conduct a public hearing on this topic June 27 in Washington, D.C.; those wishing to testify at this hearing must notify USTR by June 12.

Talks on renegotiating NAFTA could begin as early as mid-August. By mid-July USTR is required to publish on its website specific negotiating objectives and a description of how an updated NAFTA would further those objectives and benefit the U.S. To inform the development of those objectives USTR is soliciting comments on the following.

- general and product-specific negotiating objectives

- economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of the removal of any remaining tariffs and the removal or reduction of non-tariff barriers

- treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers), including product-specific import or export interests or barriers, experience with particular measures that should be addressed, and any remaining tariffs, including ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities

- customs and trade facilitation issues

- appropriate modifications to rules of origin or origin procedures for NAFTA-qualifying goods

- unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade

- relevant issues with respect to trade in services, digital trade, trade-related intellectual property rights, investment, competition, government procurement, the environment, labor, small and medium-sized businesses, trade remedies, and state-owned enterprises

For more information, or assistance preparing comments or testimony for USTR, please contact Tom Travis at (305) 894-1001 or Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956.

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