Background

Companies that source from any beneficiary country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act have a stake in the forthcoming U.S.-Kenya trade agreement because it will likely serve as a model for similar deals with those countries and could impact intra-African trade. Such companies may therefore want to submit by the April 15 deadline information on the following issues, which the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will consider in developing U.S. negotiating positions with Kenya.

- 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

For more information, or for assistance preparing and submitting comments, please contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson or trade attorney Elise Shibles.

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