On July 19, 2016, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested persons to submit comments to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). Pursuant to section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2241), USTR is required to publish the NTE annually. The TPSC invites written comments from the public on issues that USTR should examine in preparing the NTE.
Section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (19 U.S.C. 3106) (Section 1377) requires the USTR to review annually the operation and effectiveness of all U.S. trade agreements regarding telecommunications products and services that are in force with respect to the United States. USTR is collecting information regarding the trade barriers pertinent to the conduct of the review called for in Section 1377 through this notice. Public comments are due not later than 11:59 pm, October 27, 2016.