Israel, Turkey May be Added to Green Goods Talks
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting through Jan. 12, 2015, comments on U.S. interests and priorities with respect to an initiative to invite Israel and Turkey to join the Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations. The EGA aims to eliminate tariffs on a set of environmental technologies such as wind turbines, water treatment filters and solar water heaters, which are currently subject to tariffs as high as 35 percent.
The EGA talks currently involve the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan, which together account for 86 percent of global trade in environmental goods. The governments of Israel and Turkey expressed interest in joining the negotiations earlier this year, and participants subsequently agreed to begin any relevant domestic procedures so as to allow Israel and Turkey to join.
USTR is therefore seeking written comments on all matters relevant to the potential participation of Israel and Turkey in the EGA negotiations, particularly with regard to the environmental goods of which they are significant producers and consumers as well as their current market conditions for environmental technologies.