USTR requests comments on sanitary, phytosanitary, technical barriers to trade 

October 22:  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today released for publication in the Federal Register a request for comments concerning barriers to U.S. exports of goods. The comments will be used to produce the following two annual reports: (1) a report on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and (2) a report on technical barriers to trade.

Comments on trade barrier measures are due no later than November 15, 2013.


According to the USTR notice [PDF 200 KB] concerning sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers, comments are to address the following types of measures:


  • Measures applied to protect the life or health of humans, animals, and plants from risks arising from additives, contaminants, pests, toxins, diseases, or disease-carrying and causing organisms
  • Measures that take such forms as specific product or processing standards, requirements for products to be produced in disease free areas, quarantine regulations, certification or inspection procedures, sampling and testing requirements, health-related labeling measures, maximum permissible pesticide residue levels, and prohibitions on certain food additives

According to the USTR notice [PDF 205 KB] concerning technical trade barriers, comments are to address the following types of standards-related measures:


  • Documents and procedures that set out specific technical or other requirements for products or processes, as well as procedures to maintain that these requirements are met
  • Measures comprising standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures, such as mandatory process or design standards, labeling or registration requirements, and testing or certification procedures


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:


Douglas Zuvich

(312) 665-1022


Andrew Siciliano

(631) 425-6057


John L. McLoughlin

(267) 256-2614


Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617


Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094


Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247


Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.




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