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Foreign Restrictions on Digital Trade to be Focus of ITC Hearing

Monday, January 22, 2018
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The International Trade Commission will hold a hearing March 6 in connection with the second and third of its three investigations of global digital trade, which focus on foreign trade restrictions and U.S. competitiveness with respect to the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. Requests to appear at the hearing are due by Feb. 20, pre-hearing briefs and statements are due by Feb. 26, and post-hearing briefs and statements are due by March 20.

These two investigations will analyze measures that affect the ability of U.S. firms to develop or supply B2B and B2C digital products and services to customers abroad. They will also assess the impact of such measures on the competitiveness of U.S. firms supplying digital products and services as well as on international trade and investment flows. The reports in these investigations (due Oct. 29, 2018, and March 29, 2019, respectively) 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 in this series assessed the rate of adoption of digital technologies in the U.S. and foreign markets and described regulatory and policy measures in important markets abroad that may impede digital trade. A summary of the report in this investigation is available here.

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