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Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union

USITC Publication 4455
Investigation No. 332-541

Summary

Standards and a variety of other trade barriers in the European Union disproportionately affect the exports of U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises more than those of large firms, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its most recent publication.

Produced at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the report catalogs trade-related barriers that U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and related industry associations reported as limiting their exports to the European Union (EU).

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Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints (Eighth Update)

Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints (Eighth Update) with Special Topic Chapter discussing The Role of Services in Manufacturing

USITC Publication 4440
Investigation No. 332-325

Summary

The U.S. International Trade Commission’s latest update in this series of reports presents results on the economic effects on the U.S. economy of removing significant U.S. import restraints, including U.S. tariffs and tariff-rate quotas on certain agricultural products, textiles and apparel, and other manufactured products.

The Commission estimates that liberalization of all significant import restraints quantified in this update would increase annual U.S. welfare by $1.1 billion by 2017.

The eighth update also features a special topic chapter on the role of services in manufacturing, which explores trends in U.S. manufacturers’ use of services and the contribution of services to manufacturing output and productivity. Among the chapter's highlights:

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Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin

Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin

Investigation No. TA-103-027
USITC Publication 4438

Summary

Proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin are likely to have a negligible effect on U.S. industry, but they could result in a significant increase in U.S. trade for products covered by some of the proposed modifications, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its new publication.

Prepared for the U.S. Trade Representative, the report provides advice on the probable economic effect of 212 proposed modifications to the NAFTA rules of origin on U.S. imports and exports under NAFTA, total U.S. imports and exports, and domestic industries producing the affected articles.

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Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act: Impact on U.S. Industries and Consumers and on Beneficiary Countries, Twenty-first Report, 2011–12

Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act: Impact on U.S. Industries and Consumers and on Beneficiary Countries, Twenty-first Report, 2011–12

Investigation No. 332-227
USITC Publication 4428

Summary

The overall effect of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) on the U.S. economy continues to be negligible, while the effect on U.S. consumers and beneficiary countries is small but positive, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its most recent report monitoring imports under the program.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently issued its 20th report in a series monitoring imports under the CBERA. The CBERA program, operative since January 1, 1984, affords preferential tariff treatment to most products of the 16 designated Caribbean and South American countries that received CBERA benefits during the period covered in the report. A seventeenth country, Panama, was a CBERA member until October 2012, when the US-Panama FTA went into effect.

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