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Trade-Related Standards in Foreign Markets are Focus of ITA Inquiry

Monday, November 20, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Administration is seeking input by Dec. 18 on trade-related standards trends in foreign markets, the challenges U.S. exporters are encountering in those markets, and the assistance needed from the ITA to address those challenges and take advantage of export opportunities. The ITA will use this input in reviewing how to improve its standards-related services and programs to best meet the needs of U.S. stakeholders, including during an internal summit to be held March 6-7, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Trade-related standards work includes work related to the adoption and recognition of standards; standards dialogues and other bilateral and regional engagements with trading partners; preparation of standards information in ITA publications such as top market reports and country commercial guides; and work to address adoption, implementation, and enforcement of technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures inconsistent with World Trade Organization and free trade agreement obligations.

Comments may include information about key standards trends affecting the global competitiveness of U.S. industry, experiences with ITA services that aid stakeholders in understanding and acting on standards-related trade and regulatory issues, and suggestions for improving ITA services in the standards area.

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