The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative notified Congress March 17 of its intent to enter into negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement with Kenya. USTR states that the aim of this agreement, which could serve as a model for additional trade agreements with other African countries, is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and achieve free, fair, and reciprocal trade.
To aid in the development of U.S. negotiating positions, USTR is seeking public comments on the following issues by April 15.
- general and product-specific negotiating objectives
- relevant barriers to trade in goods and services
- economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of the removal or reduction of tariffs and non-tariff barriers
- treatment of specific goods, including product-specific import or export interests or barriers, experience with particular measures that should be addressed, and ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities
- fees, charges, and taxes affecting bilateral trade in goods and services
- customs and trade facilitation issues, including those related to pre-shipment inspection
- sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade
- transparency issues
- other measures or practices, including those of third-country entities, that undermine fair market opportunities for U.S. businesses, workers, farmers, and ranchers
USTR states that it will publish its negotiating objectives at least 30 days before formal trade talks begin.
For more information on trade negotiations with Kenya and other U.S. trading partners, please contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson.