Background

The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee is accepting input to assist the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in preparing its annual reports to Congress on China’s and Russia’s compliance with the commitments they made in connection with their accession to the World Trade Organization. Input may be submitted on a range of topics, including the following.

 

China

 

- trading rights

- import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas, import licenses)

- export regulation

- internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, trade-related investment measures, taxes and charges levied on imports and exports)

- intellectual property rights (including enforcement)

- services

- rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations) and status of legal reform

- unresolved compliance issues that warrant review and evaluation by USTR’s China Enforcement Task Force

 

Russia

 

- import regulation (e.g., tariffs, TRQs, quotas, import licenses)

- export regulation

- subsidies

- standards and technical regulations

- sanitary and phytosanitary measures

- trade-related investment measures (including local content requirements)

- taxes and charges levied on imports and exports

- other internal policies affecting trade

- intellectual property rights (including enforcement)

- services

- government procurement

- rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations)

 

No in-person hearings will be held but written comments are due by Sept. 16 for China and Sept. 21 for Russia.

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