USTR Requests ITC to Investigate Certain Information and Communications Technology Products
Since 1996, the Information Technology Agreement ("ITA") has allowed the United States and other participant countries to import and export certain information and communications technology ("ICT") products duty free or at reduced duty rates. Currently, there are 74 participants in the ITA representing 97 percent of trade in the covered products. In May, the participants agreed to proceed with negotiations, under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, to expand the ITA's product coverage. Some of the participants drafted a list of possible products to add to the ITA. On July 30, 2012, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative requested the International Trade Commission ("ITC") to conduct an investigation and provide advice concerning these additional products. It is likely that the ITC will soon seek public comments on the proposed expansion of the ITA.
To view the draft list of the proposed additional products, click here.