Background

The International Trade Commission has extended from June 5 to July 31 the deadline for written comments relating to volume 2 of its report on the global economic impact of maximum residue level policies for pesticides. The deadline for submission of volume 2 of this report has also been extended from Oct. 31, 2020, to Feb. 1, 2021, while volume 1 will be delivered by June 30, 2020.

The ITC reports in this investigation will include information on the following.

- the role of plant protection products and their MRLs in relation to global production, international trade, and food safety for consumers

- the approaches taken in setting national and international MRLs for crops (e.g., risk-based approach vs. hazard-based approach)

- how MRLs are developed and administered in major markets for U.S. agricultural exports

- challenges and concerns faced by exporting countries in meeting importing country MRLs

- the costs and effects of MRL compliance and non-compliance for producers

- how missing and low MRLs affect countries representing a range of income classifications, particularly low-income countries, with regard to production, exports, farmer income, and prices

- how missing and low MRLs affect production, exports, farmer income, and prices, both on the national level and, to the extent possible, for small and medium-sized farms

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