In 1998, WTO Members first addressed digital issues, agreeing to prohibit customs duties on electronic transmissions. In that year, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there were just over 1 million broadband connections in the world. Two decades later, there are over 7 billion broadband subscriptions connecting 4 billion people, tens of
The National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) covers 63 countries, customs territories and regional associations, including each of the 20 United States’ free trade agreement (FTA) partners and all of the 50 largest markets for U.S. goods exports. These partners together account for over 95% of the United States’ $5.5 trillion in two-way goods and services trade.
The United States Trade Representative delivered President Trump’s 2020 Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report to Congress on Feb.
- Africa is growing rapidly and presents enormous opportunities for U.S. commercial and economic interests. It is undergoing a transformative change toward greater regional integration, has among the highest growth rates globally, and will account for nearly a fifth of the world’s consumers by 2030.
U.S. exports of beef and beef products to Japan currently face a competitive disadvantage. Major U.S. competitors in the Japanese market, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand receive preferential market access treatment under CP-TPP. The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement is necessary for U.S. exports of beef and beef products to remain competitive.
As two of the most digitally-advanced countries in the world, the United States and Japan share a deep common interest in establishing enforceable rules that will support digitally-enabled suppliers from every sector of their economies to innovate and prosper, and in setting standards for other economies to emulate.