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Short Deadline to Support Tariff Elimination for Hundreds of Environmental Goods

August 31, 2015


Tariffs on international trade in hundreds of products not ordinarily considered to be environmental goods could be eliminated under an agreement currently being negotiated by the U.S. and 13 other countries. Not all of the goods currently under consideration are likely to be included in a final agreement, so companies interested in securing duty-free treatment for specific items should make sure their voices are heard during the few short weeks the U.S. government is accepting input.


The International Trade Commission has launched an investigation of the probable economic effect of eliminating tariffs on imports of numerous goods, including certain types of the following, under the forthcoming Environmental Goods Agreement.


– thread, yarn, nylon, fabrics and garments

– automotive parts and accessories

– motorcycles

– raw materials

– fertilizers

– paints and varnishes

– chemicals

– insecticides, fungicides and herbicides

– plastic sheet/film

– plywood, furniture and wood products

– scrap items (plastic, metals and rubber)

– construction materials and equipment                                                                                                           

– articles of ceramic, porcelain and glass

– refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and water heaters

– agricultural, horticultural and heavy machinery

– office machines

– electrical apparatus

– rail equipment, cars and locomotives

– lamps and lighting equipment


The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on Oct. 14, and those wishing to appear at this hearing must notify the ITC by Oct. 5. In addition, written submissions for the record are due by Oct. 19. Comments provided in these ways will help inform the U.S. determination of which goods it will seek to include in the EGA, which signatories will be required to apply to all World Trade Organization members whether they have signed the agreement or not.


Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has experience in investigations of this type and can assist in the preparation and submission of comments for ITC consideration. For more information please contact Mark Ludwikowski at(202) 730-4967.


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