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Input Sought on Negotiating Objectives for Trade Agreement with Japan

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking input by 26 November on the proposed U.S. trade agreement with Japan, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. A hearing on this matter will be held on 10 December in Washington, D.C. Interested parties are invited to submit comment and/or oral testimony on issues including, but not limited, to the following.

  • General and product-specific negotiating objectives for the proposed agreement.
  • Relevant barriers to trade in goods and services between the United States and Japan that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  • Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of removal or reduction of tariffs and removal or reduction of non-tariff barriers on articles traded with Japan.
  • Treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers) under the proposed agreement, including comments on (i) product-specific import or export interests or barriers; (ii) experience with particular measures that should be addressed in the negotiations; and (iii) ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities in the context of the proposed agreement.
  • Customs and trade facilitation issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  • Sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  • Other measures or practices that undermine fair market opportunities for U.S. businesses, workers, farmers and ranchers that should be addressed in the negotiations.
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