June 12 Deadline to Submit Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives
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