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USITC Launches Investigation of the Economic Impact on the United States of All Trade Agreements

June 11, 2020
News Release 20-059
Inv. No. 105-TPA-008
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Launches Investigation of the Economic Impact on the United States of All Trade Agreements

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has initiated an investigation of the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements with respect to which Congress has enacted an implementing bill under trade authorities procedures since January 1, 1984.

The investigation, Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2021 Report, is required by section 105(f)(2) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.

As required by the statute, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will submit its report to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance by June 29, 2021.

The report is the second of two required by the statute.  In addition to updating information provided in the first report, the second report will cover the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and update and add new modeling and other information.  The Commission submitted its first report on June 29, 2016.

The Commission’s report will cover the Uruguay Round Agreements; the North American Free Trade Agreement and its successor, the USMCA; and U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) with Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), Israel, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Singapore.

The USITC is seeking input for the investigation from all interested parties.  The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on October 6, 2020.  See below for important information regarding the format and location of this USITC hearing.

Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on September 21, 2020, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.  See below for important information regarding filing a request to appear at a USITC hearing.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record.  Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 6, 2020. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.  See below for important information regarding the filing of written submissions for USITC investigations.

IMPORTANT: 

  1. All filings, including requests to appear at the hearing and written submissions, must be made through the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS, https://edis.usitc.gov). No in-person paper-based filings or paper copies of any electronic filings will be accepted until further notice. Persons with questions regarding electronic filing should contact the Office of the Secretary, Docket Services Division (EDIS3Help@usitc.gov), or consult the Commission’s Handbook on Filing Procedures.

  2. Information concerning the format of the hearing and certain other hearing details will be announced on the USITC website at
    https://usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/what_we_are_working_on.htm.  Once on that webpage, scroll down to the entry for this investigation and click on the link to “hearing instructions.” Interested parties should check the USITC website periodically for updates.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the USITC’s notice of investigation, dated June 11, 2020, which can be downloaded from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or commissionhearings@usitc.gov.

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