Thursday 13th April 2017

Environmental Goods Act (EGA) progress

There was a “final” meeting of representatives in Geneva on 3rd and 4th December, 2016. It was confirmed that Sealing Devices were on the A list of products to be added to the EGA. This is a positive position.

However serious differences exist between Europe and China, and the US position has become much less supportive following the election of President Trump, who is not a supporter of environmental trade agreements. The US administration is still to appoint the new head of USTR, the US trade representatives.

Recent budget announcements confirm that money allocated for Environmental issues has been redirected elsewhere, leaving the whole EGA open to serious question if USA is not going to support it.

We eagerly await clarification on the US position within the EGA.

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