May 1, 2013
News Release 13-042
Inv. No. 332-533
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC FINDS FEW TRADE BARRIERS SPECIFIC TO CORE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

But Removal of Barriers on "Related" Services May Increase Trade in the Sector

There are few trade barriers that apply specifically to the provision of core environmental services, but the removal of barriers affecting "related" services including architectural, engineering, and construction services, among others could increase trade in the environmental services sector, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission in its publication Environmental and Related Services.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, produced the report at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative.

In the request letter, the USTR stated that since the 2004-2005 publication of USITC reports on trade in the environmental services sector, the U.S. and global markets for such services have undergone significant change. The USTR noted that although overall demand in the environmental services market has continued to rise, factors such as new technologies, tightening government budgets, and growing interest in environmental sustainability have altered the means through which such services are supplied. The USTR asked the USITC to provide updated information "to assist us in better understanding recent developments in the environmental services ... sector."

As requested, the report provides estimates of the U.S. and global markets for, and discusses barriers to, trade and investment in three core environmental services industries: water and wastewater services, solid and hazardous waste management services, and remediation services. The report also examines the critical role of several related services. Highlights of the report follow.

Environmental and Related Services (Investigation No. 332-533, USITC Publication 4389, March 2013), will be available on the USITC's Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4389.pdf. A CD-ROM of the report may be requested by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 2202-205-2000, or contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs and trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analysis on the subject investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requestor. General factfinding investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requestor for national security reasons.

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