USTR Receives Annual Report from TIA detailing Issues Related to Trade Compliance

  • Date: December 28, 2010
  • Source: Admin
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TIA’s submissions this year include countries and regions such as Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, and Mexico.

"Many of the countries highlighted in the year's filing are important markets for our industry, and our recommendations on how to improve trade will ensure a robust and competitive global ICT market," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "While TIA continues to advocate for free trade and open markets, it is imperative that existing trade commitments are enforced to help ensure U.S. ICT manufacturers' access to markets around the world."

TIA’s filing this year under Section 1377 highlight trade agreement infringement issues that include: policies that contradict the principle of technology neutrality in several countries; concerns over protectionist policies associated with indigenous innovation initiatives in China; spectrum management issues; the freedom to use strong encryption; and foreign equipment licensing and certification processes.

Section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988

USTR is required to review on an annual basis by March 31 the operation and effectiveness of trade agreements involving telecommunications products or services to determine foreign countries’ failure to comply with the agreement or is otherwise denying opportunities to U.S. Telecommunication products and services under Section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.

The review’s purpose is to determine if an act, policy, or practice of a foreign country that has entered into a telecommunications-related agreement with the United States (1) is not in compliance with the terms of the agreement or (2) otherwise denies, within the context of the agreement, mutually advantageous market opportunities to telecommunications products and services of U.S. firms in that country. 


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