Public Comment Opportunities

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One Stop Shop for Public Comments on Trade-Related TOpics...

Governments across the region frequently provide an opportunity for companies to comment on proposed policy changes.  When these comment windows are opened, ABTA will list them here.  

 

AUSTRALIA

26 March 2018 - Australia has launched its ratification of the TPP-11 trade deal with a tabling of the agreement in Parliament. A review by Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has commenced. The Committee has invited public submissions by April 20 at this link.

29 May 2017 - Australian DFAT welcomes public consultation for RCEP The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would welcome further submissions responding to new discussion papers on investment and electronic commerce in RCEP. These can be sent to rcep@dfat.gov.au 


canada

October 2017 - Canada is consulting the public for comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with the remaining members (TPP11). Deadline: October 30, 2017

August 2017 - Canadian Government welcomes public consultation on a possible Canada-Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement


INDIA

2015-2020 - Government of India Ministry of Commerce and Industry Public Notices - The Ministry of Commerce and Industry for the Government of India has made available its public notices on national trade for the period of 1998-present.


MEXICO

June 25, 2017 - The Ministry of Economy announced a new website for interested parties to send and publish their comments, as well as their proposals through digital files, regarding the modernisation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Ministry of Economy will be receiving comments and proposals through the enabled website (http://www.economia-snci.gob.mx/tlcan/) from June 26 to July 26, 2017.


new zealand

2017 - Summary of public submissions concerning RCEP to MFAT New Zealand - MFAT negotiators are keen to hear from businesses or individuals who are facing barriers to this market. This includes companies that are not exporting now, but plan to enter the market. Find out more at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade page.


SINGAPORE

9 May 2017 - IRAS Release - The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore issued a public consultation on GST for e-commerce low value goods and digital trade, published on 9 May 2017. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has issued a consulting document on the implementation of Goods and Service Tax for e-commerce with regards to low value goods and digital trade.

20 February 2018 - IRAS Public Consultation on GST Guide

IRAS: Public Consultation on Draft GST Guide on Taxing imported services by way of reverse charge

IRAS: Public Consultation on Draft GST Guide on Taxing imported services by way of an overseas vendor registration regime

Deadline: 20 Mar 2018


thailand

2017 - E-Commerce Guidelines (Thai) - The Revenue Department recently published the draft principles and guideline for e-Commerce taxation. Translation here


usa

April 29 2017 - Trade Violations review - Following Executive Order 13796,The Secretary of Commerce, the USTR, and other heads of executive departments and agencies, as appropriate, invite public comment on executive order to review trade violations. Comments are due 31 July.

August 18 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2017 Notorious Markets List (List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the List identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an “Out-of-Cycle Review.” Deadline of written comments is October 2.

August 2017 - USTR - Initiation of Section 301 Investigation; Hearing; and Request for Public Comments: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has initiated an investigation pursuant to section 302(b)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act), to determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are actionable under section 301(b)(1) of the Trade Act. The inter-agency Section 301 Committee is holding a public hearing and seeking comments in connection with this investigation. Deadline for written comments and requests is on September 28. Public hearing will be held on October 10.

April 2018 - USTR - Notice of Determination and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation -   The U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation covered in the investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public
hearing regarding a proposed determination on appropriate action in response to these acts, policies, and practices. The Trade Representative proposes an additional duty of 25 percent on a list of products from China. The list of products, defined by 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), is set out in the Annex to the Notice.

May 2018 - The Commerce Department schedules hearings and requests public comments on 232 auto probe - The U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated Section 232 Investigation into Auto Imports. 

"The investigation will determine whether imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security as defined in Section 232.  Secretary Ross sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis informing him of the investigation."

July 2018 - The USTR requests for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. Deadline August 30, 2018. 


Vietnam

July 2017 - Vietnam has just issued the first draft of the Law on Cybersecurity. The draft law aims to improve the insufficient legal landscape in Vietnam. The summary of the draft rules by Baker McKenzie is at this link.

September 2017 - Vietnam has just published the 5th draft of the new Competition Law (the "5
th Draft") on the National Assembly Office Portal for public review and comments. The summary of the draft rules by Baker McKenzie is at this link. To read the draft (in Vietnamese), please click here.

Oct 2017 - Vietnam's Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has just issued the draft rules to regulate investment in innovative start-ups. The summary of the draft rules by Baker McKenzie is at this link. To read the draft (in Vietnamese), please click here

Oct 2017 - Vietnam has just issued Draft Decree Detailing the Law on Commerce regarding Commercial Promotion Activities to replace the static rules under Decree No. 37/2006/ND-CP. The summary of the draft rules by Baker McKenzie is at this link. To read the draft (in Vietnamese), please click here.

Oct 2017 - Vietnam has just issued a Draft Law on Special Administrative - Economic Zones which is expected to lay the foundation for specialized regimes applicable to special administrative - economic zones (hereinafter "SAEZ") located in Van Don (Quang Ninh Province), North Van Phong (Khanh Hoa Province) and Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang Province). The summary of the draft rules by Baker McKenzie is at this link