The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for an investigation into the probable economic effect of reduced duties on imports of certain environmental goods.
The investigation, APEC List of Environmental Goods: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty Reductions for Imports, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received August 5, 2015.
In the request letter, the USTR stated that in 2012, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders endorsed an APEC List of Environmental Goods, which includes 54 goods on which the Leaders agreed to reduce applied duties to 5 percent or less by the end of 2015. The USTR provided an attachment to the letter outlining the specific goods for which the USITC is asked to provide information.
The USTR further noted: “Section 103(a) of the Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 provides that the President may enter into trade agreements regarding tariff barriers, if the President determines that existing duties of any foreign country or the United States are unduly burdening and restricting U.S. trade. Further, this section permits the President to proclaim changes to duties the President determines to be required or appropriate to carry out any such trade agreement, subject to the requirement in section 131 of the Trade Act of 1974 to obtain advice regarding the proposed modifications from the U.S. International Trade Commission.”
As requested, the USITC will advise the President as to the probable economic effect of the proposed tariff modifications for the specified products on industries producing like or directly competitive articles, and on consumers.
The USITC expects to submit its report, which will be confidential, to the USTR by November 4, 2015.
The USITC is seeking input for the investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the issues for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on September 25, 2015.
Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on September 11, 2015, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-2000.
The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 2, 2015. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.
Further information on the scope of the investigations and appropriate submissions is available in the USITC’s notice of investigation, dated August 21, 2015, which can be downloaded from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-2000.