Feedback on trade deals sought from industry

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The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an official request for input on proposed trade deals with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has asked its members and any other interested parties to provide feedback to the deals.

The NMMA said in today’s Currents newsletter that industry responses should address these points: General and product-specific negotiating objectives for the proposed agreement; Relevant barriers to trade in goods and services between the U.S. and Japan, the EU, and the UK 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, the EU, and the UK.

The association said that “Treatment of specific goods” under the proposed agreements should also include comments on: Product-specific import or export interests or barriers; Experience with particular measures that should be addressed in the negotiations; 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.

Comments should also highlight other measures or practices that undermine fair market opportunities for U.S. businesses and workers that should be addressed in the negotiations.

NMMA plans to submit a request to testify before the USTR after filing comments. All industry feedback must be submitted to Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president of government relations and legal affairs, at by December 5, 2018. 


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