The International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is investigating the economic impact of providing duty free treatment for imports from the countries currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru, and Vietnam) as well as Malaysia. The ITC will look at the probable economic effects of duty-free treatment for imports from TPP members on industries in the United States. ITC’s report will include an assessment of the probably economic effect of eliminating tariffs on imports of certain agricultural products both on U.S. producers and with respect to the U.S. economy as a whole. Two of the current focal points of the negotiations are how the agreement will relate to other free trade agreements and how new countries will be able to accede to the agreement. Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan also reportedly want to join the negotiations. Hearings are scheduled for November 17.