Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ``Subcommittee'') is requesting written public comments for the annual review of the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (the AGOA). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2013 for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under the AGOA, and lists those sub- Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of the AGOA and those that were ineligible for such benefits in 2012.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (AUSTR@) is providing notice that on August 20, 2012, the People's Republic of China (``China'') requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning countervailing duty determinations and orders by the Department of Commerce (``DOC'') on imports of the products from China listed below. The panel request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS437/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Argentina-Measures Affecting the Importation of Goods
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on August 21, 2012, the United States requested consultations with the Government of Argentina (``Argentina'') under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning certain measures imposed by Argentina on the importation of goods. That request may be found at www.wto.org, contained in a document designated as WT/DS444/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.