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ISRI Submits Comments to Annual China WTO Compliance Report

Last week, ISRI submitted comments for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual Congressionally-mandated report on China’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Compliance.

Initiated when China acceded to the WTO in 2001, the report provides members of Congress with an assessment and status of China’s implementation of WTO membership requirements and compliance with WTO trade rules. In the last report, published in January, China’s then-impending scrap import restrictions were outlined thanks to ISRI’s advocacy efforts.

ISRI’s input for the next report provides a status report on the effects of China’s scrap import regulations and the expectations of more restrictions to come. The submission points out that the announcement for additional bans have not been notified to the WTO, and thus, no opportunity for public comment has been allowed, which breaches WTO rules for an open and transparent policy-making process.

The U.S. Government continues to raise our concerns about China’s import policies at the WTO and in a mid-level government-to-government meeting in August, and ISRI has kept both the Administration and Members of Commerce up to date on policy and market changes as they occur. Highlighting China’s actions in this report is another avenue of publicly informing on these issues.

Please contact Adina Renee Adler if you have any questions.

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