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U.S.-UK Trade Agreement to be Focus of USITC Investigation

The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation of the probable economic effect of the proposed U.S.-United Kingdom Trade Agreement. A hearing will be held on 31 January, requests to appear at the hearing are due 10 January, pre-hearing briefs are due 14 January, and post-hearing briefs and all other written comments are due by 11 February. The USITC expects to submit its report to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by 8 May.

The USITC will examine the probable economic effect of providing duty-free treatment for imports of currently dutiable products from the UK on (i) industries in the U.S. producing like or directly competitive products and (ii) consumers. USTR asked that the USITC’s analysis consider each article in HTSUS chapters 1 through 97 for which U.S. tariffs will remain, taking into account implementation of U.S. commitments in the WTO. USTR also asked the USITC to assess the probable economic effects of eliminating tariffs on imports from the UK of specified agricultural products on (i) industries in the U.S. producing the products concerned and (ii) the U.S. economy as a whole.

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