On March 30, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual, Congressionally-mandated National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, which includes a statement on China’s scrap import regulations in the chapter on China.
This report follows a separate report that USTR submitted to Congress in January on China’s WTO Compliance, which included a longer, more detailed account of the concerns about China’s scrap import policies in terms of alignment with WTO principals. So while China is regularly the National Trade Estimate’s longest country chapter, it does not go into as much detail on each issue because of the preceding WTO report.
Nevertheless, including the issue in these reports is another confirmation of the Administration’s acknowledgement of our concerns and an avenue for the recycling industry’s concerns to be kept on top of mind for members of Congress.
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