The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is inviting comments from business and industry on foreign trade barriers as it prepares to compile its annual trade estimate report.

A notice published in the Federal Register (83 FR 42966) last week calls for written comments to assist the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) in identifying significant barriers to US exports of goods and services, US foreign direct investment, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for inclusion in the report.

Information can be submitted on one or more of the following categories including import policies, such as tariffs and charges, import licensing and customs barriers. Trade restrictions are also being considered, as are subsidies and government procurement restrictions such as "buy national policies" and closed bidding.

Other subjects for consideration are lack of intellectual property protection and enforcement, barriers to trade in services, barriers to digital trade, investment barriers, and government-tolerated anti-competitive conduct of state-owned or private firms that restrict the sale or purchase of US goods or services in the foreign country's markets.

Click here to view the Federal Register (83 FR 42966).