Requests for Comments

Before the government implements changes to various compliance processes, agencies often solicit comments.  These solicitations offer industry opportunities to provide feedback on how proposed rule or process changes will impact your business.  AAFA often provides comments on behalf of the industry as a whole, but submitting comments specific to your company carry just as much weight.

Congress and many government agencies are soliciting comments on a range of issues that may affect your business. 


1. Generalized System of Preferences: Hearing for Ongoing Country Practice Reviews of Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan and for the Ongoing Country Designation Review of Laos
Deadline for comments: November 13, 2018  
Agency: USTR
Public Hearing (if any): November 29, 2018
Deadline to appear before public hearing: November 13, 2018
Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs: December 17, 2018
Link to notice: Notice
Background Information (if any): The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing a hearing for the open country practice reviews for which USTR has not held hearings in 2018 regarding compliance with the GSP eligibility criteria of Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. This review will focus on whether: (1) Bolivia, Georgia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan are meeting the GSP eligibility criterion requiring that a GSP beneficiary country afford workers internationally recognized worker rights; (2) Ecuador is meeting the GSP eligibility criterion requiring a GSP beneficiary country to act in good faith in recognizing as binding or in enforcing applicable arbitral awards; and (3) Indonesia and Uzbekistan are meeting the GSP eligibility criterion requiring a GSP beneficiary to provide adequate protection of intellectual property rights. In addition, USTR is announcing a hearing for the ongoing country designation review of Laos. This review will focus on whether Laos meets all the GSP eligibility criteria and should be newly designated as a GSP beneficiary. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and a public hearing.

Staff Liaison: Steve Lamar


2. USITC Institutes Investigation to Assess a Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada
Deadline for comments: December 20, 2018  
Agency: USITC
Public Hearing (if any): November 15, 2018
Deadline to appear before public hearing: October 29, 2018
Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs: None
Link to notice: Notice
Background Information (if any): The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has instituted an investigation to assess the likely impact of a trade agreement that the President has announced he intends to enter into with Mexico and Canada.

Staff Liaison: Steve Lamar


3. Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty Free Treatment for Currently Dutiable Imports from Japan Will Be Focus of New USITC Investigation
Deadline for comments: January 4, 2019
Agency: USITC
Public Hearing (if any): December 18, 2018
Deadline to appear before public hearing: December 6, 2018
Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs: None
Link to notice: Notice
Background Information (if any): The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into the probable economic effect of providing duty-free treatment for currently dutiable imports from Japan.

Staff Liaison: Nate Herman


4. U.S.-UK Trade Agreement: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-free Treatment for Currently Dutiable Imports
Deadline for comments: January 14, 2019 
Agency: USITC
Public Hearing (if any): January 31, 2019
Deadline to appear before public hearing: January 10, 2019
Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs: February 11, 2019
Link to notice: Notice
Background Information (if any): Following receipt on November 9, 2018, of a request from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for a report containing advice and an assessment, the Commission instituted Investigation Nos. TA-131-045 and TPA-105-006, U.S.-UK Trade Agreement: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-free Treatment for Currently Dutiable Imports.

Staff Liaison: Nate Herman


5. Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-United Kingdom Trade Agreement
Deadline for comments: January 15, 2019
Agency: USTR
Public Hearing (if any): January 29, 2019
Deadline to appear before public hearing: January 15, 2019
Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs: None
Link to notice: Notice
Background Information (if any): On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement after the UK has exited the European Union on March 29, 2019. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public hearing. The Administration's aim in negotiations with the UK is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

Staff Liaison: Steve Lamar





Contact Steve Lamar or Nate Herman for more information on submitting comments.