U.S. to strengthen enforcement to break down foreign trade barriers

08:24, April 01, 2010      

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The U.S. government will strengthen enforcement focus on agricultural, technical barriers to U.S. exports, according to a report released on Wednesday by the U.S. trade authorities.

In the report submitted to the Congress, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk said that "the Obama Administration is following through on its commitment to call out and break down barriers to American exports worldwide."

The 2010 National Trade Estimate (NTE) report describes significant barriers to U.S. trade and investment faced in the last year as well as the actions being taken by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to address those barriers.

In addition, Kirk delivered two new, related reports focusing specifically on sanitary and phytosanitary barriers and technical barriers to trade that affect the ability of America's agricultural producers and manufacturers to export around the world.

The reports cover U.S. trade concerns about more than 60 countries.

Trade experts say that Kirk's report to the Congress is part of the U.S. trade expansion plan.

In his State of the Union Address delivered in January, President Barack Obama vowed to double the U.S. export in five years and create 2 million jobs in the country. Later, the U.S. government launched National Export Initiative, a program aimed to accomplish the president's goal.

Under the pressure of the election year, the Obama administration is anxious to defuse general opposition to trade deals that many voters blame for the loss of American jobs.



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