USTR plans virtual hearings on Vietnam trade practices

USTR plans virtual hearings on Vietnam trade practices

WASHINGTON – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will hold two separate virtual hearings relating to the ongoing Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s trade practices.

The first virtual hearing will take place on 9:30 a.m., Dec. 28. It will deal specifically with the part of the investigation regarding Vietnam’s alleged use of illegally harvested timber.

To participate in this hearing, requests must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Dec. 10. This must include a summary of the speaker’s proposed testimony. However, as the hearing will be public, participants also have been advised not to include any confidential information.

The USTR has set a deadline of 11:59 p.m., Jan 6, 2021, for post-hearing rebuttal comments.

This part of the investigation addresses the following issues, including the extent to which illegal timber is imported into Vietnam, the extent to which Vietnamese producers, including producers of wooden furniture, use illegal timber and the extent to which such products are imported into the United States.

It also will address the nature and level of the burden this activity places on U.S. commerce and what actions should be taken in response.

A separate virtual hearing is planned for 9:30 a.m., Dec. 29, and will deal