The U.S. International Trade Commission said it has launched two investigations concerning trade in environmental goods, one on the probable effect on U.S. industries of removing duties and another to provide trade data for such goods. Types of data sought include types of products, major U.S. producers, estimated value of U.S. imports and exports, key U.S. export markets and tariff rates in key environmental goods markets.
The investigations were requested by the U.S. Trade Representative earlier this month as the Obama administration enters negotiations with a group of World Trade Organization members to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods.
The results, to be delivered in August and October, will be confidential, the ITC said.
The agency will hold a public hearing in connection with the first investigation on May 14.
Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 6 with the secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E. Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436. For further information, call (202) 205-2000.
The USITC will not hold a hearing in connection with the second investigation.
The USITC will also accept written submissions for the record for both investigations. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 19 for the first investigation, and July 1 for the second investigation. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.
In other developments, the ITC determined Friday that imports of steel threaded rods from Thailand have not posed material economic harm to a U.S. industry despite being sold at less than fair value. The commission voted 5-0 not to issue an anti-dumping duty order on imports of the rods from Thailand.