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Expanding NAFTA Duty-Free Treatment is Subject of ITC Review

Thursday, June 01, 2017
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As the U.S. prepares to start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement as soon as mid-August, the International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into the elimination of remaining tariffs on imports from Canada and Mexico.

The ITC will examine the probable economic effect of providing duty-free treatment for currently dutiable imports from Canada and Mexico on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles as well as consumers. The ITC will consider each article in HTSUS chapters 1 through 97 for which tariffs remain, taking into account implementation of U.S. World Trade Organization commitments. The ITC will also assess the probable economic effect of eliminating tariffs on certain agricultural products imported from Canada and Mexico on U.S. industries producing those products and on the U.S. economy as a whole. 

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation June 20. Requests to appear at this hearing are due by June 7, pre-hearing briefs and statements are due by June 13, and post-hearing briefs and submissions and all other written statements are due by June 26. The ITC expects to submit its confidential report to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Aug. 16.

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