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ITC Launches Investigations Concerning Trade in Environmental Goods


On April 17, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced the launch of two investigations, requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), regarding trade in environmental goods, as the U.S. is intending to negotiate the elimination of tariffs on environmental products with several WTO members.

The release explains that the first investigation, Environmental Goods Trade Agreement: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Imports, will evaluate “the economic effects of providing duty-free treatment for imports of certain environmental goods on U.S. industries and consumers.”

The release further specifies that, “The second investigation, U.S. Environmental Goods Trade, will provide trade information and estimates for certain specified environmental goods, including information on the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) nomenclature, specific product examples, major U.S. producers, the estimated value of U.S. imports and exports, key U.S. export markets, and tariff rates in key environmental goods markets.”

The report for the first investigation will be completed by August 4, 2014, whereas the second report will be submitted to USTR on October 6, 2014.

Written comments are due May 19, 2014, for the first investigation and July 1, 2014, for the second analysis.

The announcement can be accessed online at:

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