Request for Comments on an Environmental Goods Agreement
On March 21, 2014, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations for a World Trade Organization Environmental Goods Agreement. A copy of the notification is available at www.ustr.gov/ sites/default/files/03212014-Letter-to-Congress.pdf. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is seeking public comments regarding U.S. interests and priorities with respect to this initiative. Comments may be provided in writing and orally at a public hearing.
Charter Renewal of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA); Request for Nominations
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR''), pursuant to Section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(c)(1)) as amended, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. II), announces the renewal of the charter of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA), a federal advisory committee established to provide trade and development policy advice regarding the countries of sub- Saharan Africa. The Charter will be effective for four years from the date of this Federal Register notice. There are currently opportunities for membership on this Committee. USTR is seeking nominations for membership on the Committee.
Agreement on Government Procurement: Effective Date of Amendments
For the purpose of U.S. Government procurement that is covered by Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, the effective date of the Protocol Amending the Agreement on Government Procurement, done at Geneva on 30 March 2012, World Trade Organization (WTO), is April 6, 2014, for the following Parties to the 1994 WTO Agreement on Government Procurement: Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Israel, Lichtenstein, Norway, European Union, Iceland, and Singapore.
Notice of Determination in Section 301 Investigation of Ukraine
The United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that certain intellectual property rights (IPR) acts, policies, and practices of Ukraine are unreasonable and burden or restrict United States commerce and are thus actionable under section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act). In light of the current political situation in Ukraine, the Trade Representative has determined that no action under section 301 is appropriate at this time.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Duties on Grain Oriented Flat-rolled Electrical Steel From the United States-Recourse by the United States to Article 21.5 of the DSU
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on February 13, 2014, the United States requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization with the People's Republic of China (``China'') concerning China's continuing imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel from the United States. That request may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS414/16. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.