U.S. Trade Representative

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U.S. Trade Representative

An official in the United States with ambassadorial rank who is responsible for conducting trade negotiations and recommending policy to the president. The trade representative reports annually on countries that do not protect intellectual property or that pursue other policies that make trades difficult. The office of the trade representative is based in Washington, D.C., with satellite offices in Geneva and Brussels.
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USTR further notes that NAFTA includes chapters covering rules of origin (an issue of interest to the nonwovens industry), customs procedures, agriculture and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, investment, trade in services, protection of intellectual property rights and dispute settlement procedures.
However, the Philippines failed to secure a favorable decision from the USTR, which decided to 'defer' the granting of the Philippines' petition, along with that of Thailand and Indonesia, among other beneficiary countries under the preferential scheme.
USTR said that Pakistan is a member of the WTO with commitments under the GATS Annex on Telecommunications.
The "Special 301" Report is an annual review of the global state of IPR protection, enforcement, and market access, which USTR conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
Top of the list of complaints the USTR has are EU restrictions on imports of genetically modified foods.
Trade, "Business Groups Urge USTR To Offer Australia More Sugar Access In TPP," May 4, 2012, p.
Allan stressed the need for USTR to take action to ensure continued duty-free access for Ecuadorian frozen broccoli, noting that nearly 95 percent of frozen broccoli consumed in America is imported with Ecuador serving as a primary supplier.
The new regional forum will complement the existing bilateral pacts, USTR said.
Industry lobbyists and lawyers say McRaith is working to reduce the logjam between the FIO, which is based in Treasury, and the USTR.
Several insurance industry and federal officials say the USTR is objecting to the role the FIO envisions it will play in the future in negotiating international trade pacts.
The USTR placed Lebanon on the Watch List in 1999 and then moved it to the more critical Priority Watch List in 2001 where it remained until 2007.