USITC Seeking Information on Trade Barriers
Comments needed by Sept. 20
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking information for a report that will identify trade-related barriers that U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) perceive as disproportionately (as compared to large firms) affecting their exports to the European Union.
The investigation will help U.S. negotiators attain broad input from SMEs as part of the domestic consultation process to support negotiations related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. (See “A Partnership for the 21st Century” in the June 2013 issue of CBIA News.
The report will build on three previous studies on SMEs that were released by the USITC in 2010. In its 2013 investigation, the commission will:
- Report on barriers faced by U.S. SMEs exporting goods and services
- Focus primarily on barriers identified by U.S. SMEs that have experience exporting to the EU
- Identify barriers by economic sector or by special issue to the degree practicable
- Focus on sectors with high concentrations of SMEs
The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with its investigation at 9:30 am on Oct. 8, 2013, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building in Washington, D.C. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 pm on September 13, 2013, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436.
Written comments are also welcome. Pre-hearing briefs and statements are due Sept. 20 and should be sent to the address above. The deadline for filing post-hearing comments is Oct. 15. All written submissions will be available for public inspection.
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