The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee will hold a public meeting Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C., and is requesting comments through Sept. 25 to aid the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on Russia’s implementation of its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization.

The USTR report must evaluate, among other things, Russia’s implementation of WTO rules on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights as well as its progress in acceding to the Government Procurement Agreement. To the extent that USTR finds that Russia’s efforts in these areas are inadequate it must describe the actions it plans to take to encourage Russia to improve its implementation and/or increase its accession efforts.

USTR is therefore inviting written comments and/or oral testimony on Russia’s implementation of its WTO accession commitments, including in the following areas.

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

- export regulation

- subsidies

- standards and technical regulations

- sanitary and phytosanitary measures

- trade-related investment measures

- taxes and charges levied on imports and exports

- other internal policies affecting trade

- IPR (including enforcement)

- services

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

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