Friday, December 27, 2013

USTR Issues Report on China's WTO Compliance

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, on December 24th, presented to Congress the 2013 annual report on China's compliance with its World Trade Organization obligations. With regard to textiles and apparel the report states --

  • Effective IPR enforcement has not been achieved, and IPR infringement remains a serious problem throughout China.

  • China remained unacceptably high in 2012. IPR infringement continued to affect products, brands and technologies from a wide range of industries, including films, music and sound recordings, publishing, business and entertainment software, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, information technology, apparel, athletic footwear, textile fabrics and floor coverings, consumer goods, food and beverages, electrical equipment, automotive parts and industrial products, among many others.

  • In 2014, the United States will continue to research and analyze the various forms of financial support that the Chinese government provides to manufacturers and exporters in China, including in the steel sector, the green technology sector and the textiles and apparel sectors, among other sectors, and assess whether this support is consistent with WTO rules.

To read the full report on the USTR website, Click Here.

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