The U.S. Trade Representative has issued its annual call for private-sector comments regarding foreign trade barriers. USTR seeks to identify restrictions on US exports or foreign trade that are inconsistent with the WTO and other international agreements. Such foreign measures include laws and regulations that impact exported merchandise, such as import charges, quantitative restrictions, import licensing, "sanitary and phytosanitary" measures, technical standards, restrictions on government procurement, and export subsidies. Also included are inadequate protection of intellectual property rights, barriers to services and investment, restrictions on electronic commerce and other measures. Based on the comments, USTR prepares a survey of foreign trade barriers and reports to Congress every Spring. The foreign practices and measures included in the report then establish the agenda for USTR's market-opening activities. Comments are due October 4.