Barriers to Digital Trade

In January 2017 the Congressional Research Service drafted a report entitled Digital Trade and U.S. Trade Policy. The Report (43 pages long) complies information from across various sectors to describe barriers faced by US companies in exploiting and pursuing digital trade opportunities abroad. The report follows on a
US Trade Representative Fact Sheet on Key Barriers to Digital Trade released last year, among several US governmental initiatives to identity and, possibly, remediate trade barriers to digital commerce. The International Trade Administration housed in the US Department of Commerce describes, via their export.gov site, foreign trade barriers as “any barrier that impedes a company’s ability to trade in a foreign country.” The site gives examples of “common trade barriers” to include “Tariff and Customs[;] Service Barriers [;] Standards [;] Testing [;] Labeling [;] Certification [;] Rules of Origin [;] Government Procurement Contracting [;] Intellectual Property Protection Problems [;] Excessive Government Requirements [;] Excessive Testing or Licensing Fees [;] Bribery [; and] Investment Barriers”.

Companies facing trade barriers may report or complain about them to the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance for investigation. Your US company might also check out the US Department of Commerce’s Country Commercial Guides, which contain (in most of the 125 countries covered) concise discussions of trade barriers within each country guide housed as a submenu under the “Trade Regulations, Customs & Standards” sidebar link. There are also a couple of webinars about “Website Globalization” your US company might want to check out, collectively entitled “Preparing Your Website for Global Commerce.”

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Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises

If you are looking on information on the regulatory environment, including country ranks for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, and employing workers in a particular country check out Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises produced by the World Bank, which “assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 185 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation.” Also, try the data webpage for additional information on particular countries and regions that you may want to discover for your small business. www.erskine-law.com

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Basic Questions on the H-1B Visa?

If you are thinking about hiring a foreign worker under the H-1B visa program, the U.S. Department of Labor has an H-1B Advisor that provides basic information about the requirements of the program and eligibility. The focus is on regulations related to U.S. employers who utilize this visa program. The Advisor leads you through an initial question of who is seeking information on the H-1B visa and then provides numerous links to topical information about various aspects of the visa program. Explore the Advisor to learn more about this type of lawful immigration for U.S. employers to utilize foreign workers in their U.S. commercial activities.

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What is the National Export Initiative (NEI)?

If you are looking to discover news and information about the new governmental agenda to reform export administration rules and regulations take a look at the National Export Initiative’s website. http://www.export.gov/nei/index.asp
The site features a fact sheet that concisely explains the key areas of the reform initiative and how such reforms could impact small business.

You might also want to check out the Small Business Export Enhancement and International Trade Act of 2009, which is currently pending in the Senate. A summary of the bill is viewable at the following link. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:SN02862:@@@D&summ2=m&

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