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USTR releases three reports on trade

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today released three reports on achievements in reducing or removing foreign government barriers to American exports.

A report on sanitary and phytosanitary barriers focused on the removal of barriers such as China’s ban on live swine from the United States.

A second report on technical barriers notes the agreement that the United States reached with the Europea Union on trade in organic products.

In a telephone call to reporters and a memo, Kirk noted that the Obama administration had:
  • Successfully pressed the United Arab Emirates to remove import restrictions due to concerns that U.S. beef could transmit bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease.
  • Successfully urged China, Egypt, Ghana, Kuwait, and Taiwan to lift unwarranted import restrictions on U.S. poultry and poultry products.
  • Convinced Korea to remove restrictive import measures that limited the flow of U.S. cherries and citrus exports.
  • Convinced Japan to identify acceptable levels of certain pesticides on U.S. citrus, strawberries, cherries, and celery.
  • Encouraged the creation of the world’s first Global Food Safety Fund for capacity building, which will be managed by the World Bank.

Report on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Barriers to Trade
Report on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
2012 National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report on Foreign Trade Barriers