U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (ITC) ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Recently, the United States began to negotiate a wide-ranging free trade and investment agreement with the European Union (EU).

SMEs often face trade barriers when exporting to the EU (see http://www.usitc.gov/332_541_Trade_Barriers.htm) and the U.S. Trade Representative has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to study and provide a report on these trade barriers.

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Examples of EU trade barriers:

  • Content quotas that limit U.S. firms' sales of audiovisual services in some EU countries
  • The complex, costly process for registering chemicals under the EU's REACH regulation
  • Heavy initial and annual fees for accrediting medical devices

Themes we will discuss:

  • EU-wide barriers to trade faced by U.S. SME exporters across all industries
  • Specific trade barriers in individual EU countries
  • Suggestions on ways to increase U.S. SME exports to the EU


THE U.S. ITC ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES/TIMES:

Los Angeles – Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Topic: Trade Barriers Affecting U.S. SMEs Exporting to the European Union
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Location:
    Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
    350 S. Bixel St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

Orange County – Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Topic: Trade Barriers Affecting U.S. SMEs Exporting to the European Union
  • Time: 2:00-4:00pm
  • Location:
    Rancho Santiago Community College
    Board room (#107 – first floor)
    2323 North Broadway
    Santa Ana, 92706
    (FREE PARKING)

Please select your desired location and date when registering.

For questions, contact any of the following individuals:

Rachid.Sayouty@trade.gov (Los Angeles)
Julieanne.Hennessy@trade.gov
(Los Angeles)
Martin.Selander@trade.gov
(Orange County)
Jim.Mayfield@trade.gov
(Orange County)
Tamar.Khachaturian@usitc.gov

Tatyana.Aguirre@trade.gov


Who should attend:
SMEs (under 500 employees) that have exported to the EU or have considered doing so.

The USITC will also be holding a public hearing in San Jose, California on Thursday, September 26, 2013. During this official event, industry experts and other interested parties will have an opportunity to provide information/comments on EU trade barriers affecting SMEs (http://www.usitc.gov/332_541_Trade_Barriers.htm).

If you'd like more information or would like to participate, please email SMEHearing@usitc.gov with any questions and your contact information.

If you are unable to attend either the roundtable or hearing, but would like to have your views heard, you can email comments/questions to sme@usitc.gov

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