Markets affected: China

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 China’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 China is implementing the WTO Agreement.  This process provides you (or your clients) the opportunity to highlight to the Administration any challenges you (or they) are experiencing with exporting to China.  

Written comments should address China’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. Trading rights.

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

C. Export regulation.

D. Internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, trade-related investment measures, taxes and charges levied on imports and exports).

E. Intellectual property rights (including intellectual property rights enforcement).

F. Services.

G. Rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations) and status of legal reform.

H. Other WTO commitments.

Public Comments: Comments must be submitted by September 15th.  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 – is attached and is also available online here.

Potential action: If your company and/or clients are actively exporting – or feel that you are unable to export – to China and experiencing challenges accessing that market, this is an important opportunity to have your views heard.  The CNFL 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. 

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