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July 31, 2008 

USTR Requests Comments for Inclusion in National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published in today's Federal Register its annual announcement requesting interested parties to submit comments on significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services. The information submitted will be used by USTR to compile the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) and assist USTR in facilitating negotiations aimed at reducing or eliminating these barriers.

The information submitted should relate to one or more of the following ten categories of foreign trade barriers:

(1) Import policies;

(2) Standards, testing, labeling, and certification;

(3) Government procurement;

(4) Export subsidies;

(5) Lack of intellectual property protection;

(6) Services barriers;

(7) Investment barriers;

(8) Anticompetitive practices with trade effects tolerated by
foreign governments;

(9) Trade restrictions affecting electronic commerce; and

(10) Other barriers.

Comments must be submitted by November 6, 2008. Information on how and where to submit comments is contained in the Federal Register notice.

The 2008 version of USTR's National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers can be found here.




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