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Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)

The United States Trade Representative is seeking comments on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) to be used in the preparation of a report due to Congress at the end of this year. 

The CBI refers to a collection of U.S. trade preference programs that are an important element in U.S. economic relations with its neighbors in the Caribbean and Central America. The CBI was initially launched in 1983 with the passage of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and substantially expanded in 2000 with the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and later with the Trade Act of 2002. As of 2021, the CBI provides 17 countries and dependent territories with duty-free access to the U.S. market for many goods.

USTR is welcoming comments on any aspect of the CBI’s operation, including the performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. You can access the criteria at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title19/html/USCODE-2011-title19-chap15.htm. The report also will examine the CBI's effect on the volume and composition of trade and investment between the United States and the CBI beneficiary countries and on advancing U.S. trade policy goals.  

Written comments must be received by August 31, 2021 via electronic submission through the Federal eRulemaking Portal using Docket Number USTR-2021-0011: Federal Register :: Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Initiative. Please also email your comments to Magaly Garcia, Director for Bolivia, Ecuador, and the Caribbean, at magaly.a.garcia@ustr.eop.gov.