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2014

Below are 2014 Reports.

The 2014 Review addresses several general themes: Internet enabled trade in services, including cross-border data flows and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services; independent and effective regulators; limits on foreign investment; competition; international termination rates; satellites and submarine cable systems; telecommunications equipment trade; and local content requirements. 

Several of the issues in the 2014 Review have been discussed in past reviews, but USTR considers it appropriate to continue to raise these issues and encourage our trading partners to 
implement appropriate solutions. The 2014 Review describes practices or measures of U.S. trading partners that USTR will actively monitor throughout the year and with respect to which, 
if warranted, USTR may take further action. 

 

2014 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

The 2014 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) is the 29th in an annual series that highlights significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. This document is a companion piece to the President’s Trade Policy Agenda published by USTR in March.

The report provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign practices on the value of U.S. exports. Information is also included on some of the actions taken to eliminate foreign trade barriers. Opening markets for American goods and services, either through negotiating trade agreements or through results-oriented enforcement actions, is this Administration‟s top trade priority. This report is an important tool for identifying such trade barriers.

 

2014 Trade Policy Agenda and 2013 Annual Report

The President’s Trade Agenda for 2014 describes how the Administration will continue to use every available policy tool over the next year – and continue to develop new tools to pursue the most efficient and productive pathways to expand trade and support economic growth. Our efforts in 2014 will build on many successful 2013 initiatives. Last year the United States launched two groundbreaking trade negotiations – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). We also made substantial progress towards concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and secured the first major multilateral agreement in two decades. This year we expect to conclude negotiations with TPP countries to secure a next-generation, high-standard trade agreement in the world’s fastest growing region. We expect to make significant progress with the European Union (EU) toward a T-TIP agreement to further strengthen the world’s largest trade relationship. We will advance negotiations on the TiSA. And in Geneva, we will continue to strengthen the multilateral trading system and advance promising pathways for 21st century trade liberalization by maintaining America’s leadership role at the World Trade Organization (WTO), expanding the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), and launching negotiations on an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). These are just some of the many pathways the Administration will pursue to increase U.S. exports to the world while supporting job growth here at home.

 

2013 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets 

The Notorious Markets List (“List”) identifies select online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial piracy and counterfeiting. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) has developed this List under the auspices of the annual Special 301 process, taking into account public comments solicited by USTR through the Federal Register and the input of other Federal agencies. The List identifies marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement actions or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights (“IPR”) infringements. These markets have been selected for inclusion both because they exemplify concerns about trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy on a global basis and because the scale and popularity of these marketplaces can cause economic harm to U.S. and other IPR holders. They may also pose health and safety risks to consumers as well as provide inadequate safeguards for consumer privacy and security.