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Acting U.S. Trade Representative Sapiro Issues Report Highlighting Russia’s World Trade Organization Compliance

06/19/2013

Washington, D.C. – Acting U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro announced that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has submitted its first annual “Report on World Trade Organization (WTO) Enforcement Actions: Russia” to Congress. The Report highlights areas in which USTR has raised concerns, both bilaterally and multilaterally, about Russia’s compliance with its WTO commitments.

“This Report demonstrates the emphasis that the Obama Administration continues to place on enforcing U.S. trade rights and securing benefits for U.S. manufacturers, workers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, creators and innovators,” said Ambassador Sapiro. “USTR will continue to monitor Russia’s implementation of its WTO commitments to ensure that U.S. stakeholders have the opportunity to benefit from Russia’s membership in the WTO.”

This report was prepared pursuant to section 201(b) of the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitskiy Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-208), which requires the U.S. Trade Representative to submit a report to the Committee on Finance of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives describing the enforcement actions taken by USTR against Russia to ensure Russia’s full compliance with its commitments as a Member of the WTO, including any commitments under agreements with members of the Working Party on the accession of Russia to the WTO. Consistent with other provisions in P.L. 112-208, in December 2013, USTR will submit the first annual report assessing Russia’s implementation of the WTO Agreement, as well as Russia’s accession to and implementation of the Information Technology Agreement and the Agreement on Government Procurement.

To view the full report, visit USTR’s website here.