The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking comments from interested parties as it prepares its annual report to Congress on China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) accession commitments. In particular, USTR is seeking comments on commitments in the following areas:
- Trading rights.
- Import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas, import licenses).
- Export regulation.
- Internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, trade-related investment measures, taxes and charges levied on imports and exports).
- Intellectual property rights (including intellectual property rights enforcement).
- Rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations) and status of legal reform.
- Other WTO commitments.
- Unresolved compliance issues that warrant review and evaluation by USTR’s China Enforcement Task Force.
The official notice in the Federal Register can be found here and additional information here.
Comments should be submitted through regulations.gov. The deadline to submit comments, requests to appear and summaries of testimony at the October 3 public hearing is September 19, 2018.