USTR - Fact Sheet,329/10en-usFact Sheet: WTO Case Challenging Chinese SubsidiesWhat Chinese Policies are at Issue?• China appears to be providing export subsidies that are prohibited by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to its auto and auto parts industries.• The subsidies being challenged are provided to auto and auto-parts manufacturers in China that meet certain export performance requirements and that are located in government-designated regions known as “export bases.” SHEET: Urgent Need to Extend AGOA's Third-Country Fabric Provision and Implement CAFTA-DR Textileand Apparel ProvisionsThe United States is committed to boosting trade with African and Latin American nations through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), our trade preference program for sub-Saharan Africa and our Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The urgent changes needed to AGOA and CAFTA-DR would build on two key U.S. Industrial Goods and Manufacturing in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementManufactured goods account for almost 80 percent of U.S. exports to Panama – totaling $1.9 billion in 2010. Between 2008 and 2010 the top five U.S. industrial goods export sectors to Panama were information technology, infrastructure and machinery, chemicals, minerals and fuels and metals. Markets Open: Successes in Reducing Technical Barriers to American ExportsOn March 30, 2011, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk sent Congress and the President USTR’s second annual report detailing the Administration’s efforts to reduce and remove key technical barriers to exports of American agricultural, manufactured, and consumer products. The report demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to keeping global markets open for U.S companies and workers. Commercial RelationsU.S.-China Commercial RelationsThe White House, Office of the Press SecretaryChina is a key market for U.S. exports. Those exports are generating jobs in every corner of the United States and across every major sector. These involve some of our country’s largest companies, but also an increasing number of small and medium-sized enterprises. NAFTA Work for U.S. Small- and Medium-Sized BusinessNAFTA partners Canada and Mexico are the top two destinations for American exports from small- and medium-sized businesses, and every day the NAFTA countries conduct nearly $2.6 billion in trilateral trade. The U.S. is working with our NAFTA partners to make it even easier for U.S. small- and medium-sized manufacturers and services providers to take advantage of the NAFTA and export to Canadian and Mexican customers, thus supporting jobs at home. Results achieved in 2010 include: Trade Policy to Help Small Businesses Export and Create Jobs: Key Findings from the USITC Reports on SMEsAs part of USTR’s Small Business Initiative, Ambassador Ron Kirk requested the independent U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to conduct a three studies analyzing the role of SMEs in generating U.S. exports and employment; highlighting barriers reported by SMEs and benefits to SMEs of increased export opportunities; and identifying trade barriers that disproportionately affect SME export performance in manufacturing, services and agriculture. These findings will help inform U.S. Case Challenging China's Export Restraints on Raw Material Inputs"U.S. industries and workers can compete against anyone if the playing field is level. But China's policies on these raw materials appear to tilt that field in favor of Chinese producers.  Now, more than ever, we must fight against this kind of domestic favoritism." - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk What Chinese Policies Are at Issue? FTA: Fact Sheet on Access to Medicines - Morocco Free Trade Agreement: Textile and Apparel Provisions