said commenters should submit information related to trade barriers in categories including other countries' import policies, technical barriers to trade, sanitary/phytosanitary standards, subsidies, government procurement restrictions, intellectual property protection, services barriers, digital trade and e-commerce barriers, and competition policies.
CNA reports that MOFA has requested the talks with USTR
officials be held in Taipei.
Christopher Wilson, assistant US Trade Representative (USTR
) for South and Central Asia, headed the American delegation for crunch talks with Indian officials aimed at easing tensions following a recent series of tit-for-tat protectionist measures taken by each nation.
for India Christopher Wilson will be leading the American team.
also sets follow-up deadlines for responses, stating that any responses or rebuttals of exclusion requests must be received no later than 14 days after that request is formally posted in the USTR
docket, and any replies to those follow up responses/rebuttals must be received no later than seven days after that (thus, 21 days after the initial request is posted).
Although the Trump administration slapped 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports in 2018 triggering the trade war, companies were allowed to file petitions seeking exemptions to the USTR
in the report argued it is important that governments legitimize their own activities in order to set an example of respecting IP for private enterprises.
According to USTR
, the Philippines was among other governments such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam where further work on legitimate software remains an issue with these trading partners.
'The latest report of the US Office of the Trade Representative (USTR
) is a clear proof that corruption, leakage, and rent-seeking activities continue to plague the Bureau of Customs,' Gatchalian said in a statement.
Volvo recently started commercial production at its new Charleston, South Carolina plant, where it is building S60 sedans, it told USTR
, 'but over time given our global manufacturing footprint we could also anticipate production of the XC60 in the US as well.'
Just hours after it activated 25 percent tariffs on some $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, USTR
said any exclusions granted would last a year and be retroactive to Friday.