The Department of Commerce and United States Trade Representative will hold a public hearing and seek written comments to assist in the analysis called for in Executive Order 13786 (see our prior update, “Executive Order Calls for Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits”). The trading partners with which the United States had a significant trade deficit in goods in 2016 were Canada, China, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The schedule and deadlines are as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EDT – deadline for interested persons to submit written comments. Also, this is the deadline for requests to appear at the hearing, which must include a summary of your testimony.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. EDT – public hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

For full details, please see the Federal Register notice.