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USTR Requests Report on Trade Barriers for SMEs in UK

Friday, August 10, 2018
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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently asked the International Trade Commission to conduct an investigation and prepare a report that catalogues trade-related barriers that small- and medium-sized enterprises perceive as disproportionately affecting U.S. SMEs exporting to the United Kingdom, compared to larger U.S. exporters to the UK.

Lighthizer states in an Aug. 2 letter that in identifying these barriers the ITC may consider information and definitions contained in the three ITC reports on SMEs that were released in 2010, the 2014 ITC report on trade barriers that U.S. SMEs perceive as affecting exports to the European Union, any relevant literature, and information gathered from SMEs and others throughout the investigation. The letter adds that the report should cover barriers faced by U.S. 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.  

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