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Digital Trade to be Focus of Three More ITC Investigations

Thursday, February 09, 2017
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The International Trade Commission announced Feb. 6 that it will conduct three investigations to examine the uses of new digital technologies for U.S. firms and the impact of barriers to digital trade on the competitiveness of U.S. firms in international markets. The reports in these investigations will provide an update and extension of the analysis presented in two earlier ITC reports, which can be accessed here and here.

The first investigation will describe the current landscape and recent developments in digital technologies used by firms and consumers. It will also provide market information for digital products and services, especially those that can scale globally, in the U.S. and key foreign markets such as the European Union, China, Russia, Brazil, India, and Indonesia. The investigation will assess the rate of adoption of digital technologies in the U.S. and foreign markets with further study of the importance of both domestic and cross-border data flows. Finally, the report will describe regulatory and policy measures in important markets abroad that may impede digital trade.

The ITC has already instituted this investigation, will hold a public hearing April 4, and is accepting written submissions for the record by April 21. The report in this investigation will be delivered to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Aug. 29 and released to the public soon thereafter.

The second and third investigations will analyze measures that affect the ability of U.S. firms to develop or supply digital products and services to firms and consumers abroad, respectively. These investigations will assess the impact of those measures on the competitiveness of U.S. firms supplying digital products and services and on international trade and investment flows associated with digital trade. These reports will be confidential and will be delivered to USTR by Oct. 28, 2018, and March 29, 2019.

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