Background

The International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation of trade-related barriers affecting exports by U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises to the United Kingdom. This investigation will examine barriers faced by 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.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative requested that this investigation identify barriers by economic sector, focus on sectors with high concentrations of SMEs, and provide qualitative distinctions among the identified barriers. The ITC may also include suggestions from SMEs or the relevant literature for actions that would help address some of the identified barriers and enhance the participation of U.S. SMEs in U.S.-UK trade.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation Feb. 26, 2019. Requests to appear at the hearing are due by Feb. 8 and pre-hearing briefs and statements are due by Feb. 13. Post-hearing briefs are due by March 8 and all other written submissions are due by March 15. The ITC expects to submit its final report to USTR by July 31.

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