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Investigation of Barriers to SMEs Trading with UK Pushed Back

Friday, February 15, 2019
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The International Trade Commission has revised the dates associated with its investigation of trade-related barriers affecting exports by U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises to the United Kingdom due to the recent federal government shutdown.

This investigation is examining barriers faced by SMEs exporting manufactured products, agricultural goods, and services, focusing primarily on barriers identified by SMEs that have experience in exporting to the UK either directly or through supply chains. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative requested that the ITC identify barriers by economic sector, focus on sectors with high concentrations of SMEs, and provide qualitative distinctions among the identified barriers. The ITC may also include suggestions from SMEs or the relevant literature for actions that would help address some of the identified barriers and enhance the participation of U.S. SMEs in U.S.-UK trade.

The revised dates for this investigation are as follows.

- April 11 public hearing

- March 28 deadline for requests to appear at the hearing

- April 1 deadline for pre-hearing briefs and statements

- April 18 deadline for post-hearing briefs

- April 30 deadline for all other written submissions

- Sept. 4 deadline for ITC to submit final report to USTR

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