The Department of Commerce (Department) has requested public comments to help it identify regulatory differences with Canada and Mexico that disrupt U.S. exports to those countries. Having identified such differences, the U.S. government will then seek to work cooperatively with the governments of those countries to reduce or eliminate any unnecessary differences in product regulations that are impeding U.S. exports. Comments are due on April 4, 2011. The notice was published in the March 3, 2011 Federal Register (76 Fed. Reg. 11760).
President Obama announced his National Export Initiative (NEI) in 2010, setting a goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015. The Department has linked this request for public comments to the NEI, noting that pursuing greater regulatory cooperation is a key part of Administration efforts to increase exports to mature markets such as Canada and Mexico. The Department also stated that the main impediments to greater trade with Canada and Mexico are not tariffs or quotas, but unnecessary differences in product regulations.
The Department asks that submitters “be as specific as possible in describing the relevant product or product sector, and the country or countries in which they believe there is an opportunity to facilitate trade.” The Department also requests comments on what type of cooperative activity between or among the three countries would be productive in addressing each particular regulatory concern. Examples provided in the notice of possible cooperative activities include information-sharing agreements, technical assistance, and agreements to align particular regulatory measures.
Please see full Alert below for further information.
Firefox recommends the PDF Plugin for Mac OS X for viewing PDF documents in your browser.
We can also show you Legal Updates using the Google Viewer; however, you will need to be logged into Google Docs to view them.
Please choose one of the above to proceed!
LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.