To Negotiate Both Tariff, Nontariff Barriers with Japan: USTR

Politics

Washington, March 1 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in an annual trade policy report Friday that the United States will seek a trade agreement with Japan to "address both tariff and nontariff barriers" particularly in the automobile, agricultural and services sectors.

U.S. automakers, farmers and services providers "face challenges in exporting to Japan due to multiple tariff and nontariff barriers," which have "exacerbated chronic U.S. trade imbalances with Japan," he said in the report, submitted to Congress the same day.

The Japanese government has reiterated that proposed trade negotiations with the United States will focus on tariffs. But Lighthizer, again, expressed strong U.S. interest in reducing not only tarrif but nontariff barriers such as customs procedures in Japan.

In September last year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to launch bilateral trade negotiations. But full-fledged talks have yet to begin.

Given the U.S. trade chief's congressional testimony on Wednesday showing his willingness to launch the talks as soon as possible, the Japanese government has proposed to hold the first meeting in April.

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