Markets affected: Russia
Measure: You may submit comments to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on Russia’s implementation of its obligations as a Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Why this matters: USTR is required annually to submit a report to Congress on the extent to which Russia is implementing the WTO Agreement. This process provides you (or your clients) to highlight to the Administration any challenges you (or they) are experiencing with exporting to Russia.
Written comments should address Russia’s implementation of the commitments made in connection with its accession to the WTO, including, but not limited to, commitments in the following areas:
a. Import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas, import licenses).
b. Export regulation.
d. Standards and technical regulations.
e. Sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
f. Trade-related investment measures (including local content requirements).
g. Taxes and charges levied on imports and exports.
h. Other internal policies affecting trade.
i. Intellectual property rights (including intellectual property rights enforcement).
k. Government procurement.
l. Rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations).
m. Other WTO commitments.
Public Comments: Comments must be submitted by September 22nd. Additional details are available in the Federal Register notice.
More information: A copy of the Federal Register notice – which includes details on how to submit comments – can be found below.
Potential action: If your company and/or clients are actively exporting – or feel that you are unable to export – to Russia, this is an important opportunity to have your views heard. The DEC Trade Policy Committee would appreciate you sharing with us your or your client’s interest in submitting comments, and we are prepared to support you in preparing your submission if that would be helpful.tradebulletin