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USITC Launches New Investigation on Possible Modifications to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin

December 14, 2015
News Release 15-122
Inv. No. TA-103-028
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Launches New Investigation on Possible Modifications to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input on a newly initiated investigation concerning proposed modifications to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) rules of origin.

The investigation, Probable Economic Effects of Certain Modifications to the CAFTA-DR Rules of Origin, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on November 24, 2015.  The letter included an attachment detailing the articles affected by the proposed modifications.   The request covers fishing lures, gaming machines, polyvinyl chloride, and certain products of the chemical and allied industries.

As requested by the USTR, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the probable economic effects of the proposed CAFTA-DR rules of origin modifications on U.S. trade under the Agreement, total U.S. trade, and on domestic producers of the affected articles.

The USITC expects to submit its advice to the USTR by May 24, 2016.  A public version of the report, with all confidential business information deleted, will be released as soon as possible thereafter.

The USITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice. The USITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation; however, the USITC welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436 and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on January 25, 2016.

Further information on the scope of this investigation, the proposed rules of origin modifications, and the procedures for written submissions is available in the USITC's notice of investigation, dated December 14, 2015, which can be downloaded from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Secretary at the above address.

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