CSUSTL SUBMITS COMMENTS ON NEGOTIATING OBJECTIVES FOR A US-JAPAN TRADE AGREEMENT

THE COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT U.S. TRADE LAWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 (Washington, DC, November 26) — The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL) today submitted comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in response to a 10/26/2018 solicitation requesting public comments on negotiating objectives for a US-Japan trade agreement concerning US interests and priorities. 

In its statement, CSUSTL asks USTR to maintain existing US trade remedy laws and include no revisions to the laws in any negotiations with Japan.  CSUSTL stated the discussions between the two nations are an opportunity for US negotiators to seek improvements necessary to the enforcement of these laws.  Six items were listed as being important to all, or some, of CSUSTL’s membership.  They are:

Currency Manipulation;

Customs Enforcement;

FTA Rules of Origin;

State-Owned Enterprise Rules;

Government Procurement; and

Inclusion of Non-Tariff Barrier provisions in the proposed US-Japan FTA.

The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL) is an organization of companies, trade associations, labor unions, law firms and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing U.S. trade laws and supporting trade policies that benefit the United States-based productive economy.  CSUSTL’s members span multiple sectors, including manufacturing, technology, agriculture, mining, energy, and services.  We are dedicated to ensuring that the laws against unfair trade are not weakened through legislation or policy decisions in Washington, DC, in international negotiations, or through dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and elsewhere.

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