How do I report an RE&EE trade barrier?

U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency exporters can face a range of trade barriers when selling products or services abroad. Examples include high tariffs, local content requirements, weak enforcement of intellectual property rights, non-transparent regulations and licensing regimes, and burdensome certification requirements.

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Additional trade barriers and unfair practices that exporters generally face across all sectors include the following:

  • Non-uniform application of customs procedures
  • Lack of competitive bidding for foreign government tenders
  • Provision of direct or indirect subsidies by a foreign government in favor of its domestic suppliers
  • Restrictions on the range of services offered by foreign services providers
  • Influence peddling – interference of a corporate entity or country with fair trade practices at another company’s expense
  • Bribery, corruption and requests for payoffs – when foreign bribery prevents you from competing fairly on the basis of price, quality, or service

U.S. Government agencies work together to resolve trade concerns with foreign governments through commercial and policy advocacy, as well as through enforcement of existing trade agreements or forging of new agreements.

If your company is in the field of bioenergy, your market barriers might be related to agricultural products. The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) can address trade issues concerning feedstocks. The FAS strives to improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace by partnering with appropriate industry organizations to build and enhance foreign-market access.

Specific Contacts:

If you feel your company’s exports or foreign bids have been or may be adversely affected by a trade barrier or unfair business practice, you may file a complaint electronically to the Trade Compliance Center, the U.S. government’s focal point for monitoring foreign compliance with trade agreements to see that U.S. firms and workers get the maximum benefits from these agreements.

If you have information that a foreign government is subsidizing your foreign competitors, the Subsidies Enforcement Office can help you to identify the tools at your disposal to address unfair foreign trade practices.

If your company is bidding on a foreign contract, the Advocacy Center can help level the playing field.

Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other member countries. Sign up for Notify U.S., a free, customizable service, to receive emails about opportunities to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect your access to international markets.

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