Background

The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee is accepting input and holding a public hearing to assist the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in preparing its annual report to Congress on China’s compliance with the commitments it made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization, including in the following areas.

- 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

Interested persons should specifically identify unresolved compliance issues that warrant review and evaluation by USTR’s China Enforcement Task Force.

The hearing will be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4. Requests to appear at the hearing, as well as pre-hearing briefs, statements, or comments, are due by Sept. 20.

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