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US International Trade Commission launching two investigations concerning WTO Information Technology Agreement
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA
  • August 13 2012

In response to a request from the US Trade Representative, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched two investigations in anticipation of negotiations on the potential expansion of the World Trade Organizations (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA).


Russia prepares to join the WTO
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA, Russia
  • July 23 2012

Following the parliamentary vote on the WTO Accession Protocol, on 21 July 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the ratification bill and submitted it to the WTO Secretariat.


US Congress restores the generalized system of preferences program and the Andean Trade Preferences Act
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA
  • October 18 2011

On October 12, 2011, the US Congress passed legislation renewing the US Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP), which had expired on December 31, 2010, along with the Andean Trade Preferences Act program (ATPA).


The US Congress approves free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA, Panama, South Korea, Colombia
  • October 17 2011

On Wednesday October 12, the US Congress passed free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, culminating more than six years of negotiation and political wrangling across two US administrations.


US Trade Representative seeking comments on expansion of Information Technology Agreement - negotiation qualifies for rarely used presidential tariff reduction authority
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA
  • May 12 2011

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting input regarding whether the United States should undertake negotiations to expand the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and, if so:(1) Which information and communications technology (ICT) products the United States should seek to include - and provide duty-free treatment - under the ITA.


Investigation into the economic effects of reducing import duties and non-tariff barriers on environmental goods ordered by US Trade Representative
  • Mayer Brown
  • USA
  • April 21 2010

On April 14, 2010, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1332(g) seeking advice from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) on the economic effects of reducing trade barriers in the environmental goods market.