24 June 2004 19:03 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--The Bush administration plans to bring before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) its concerns that ?xml:namespace>
The comments mark a significant broadening of the
Bush administration opposition to Reach primarily reflects chemical industry concerns about costs associated with the testing requirement and the impact on global trade. Until now, US lobbying efforts have largely focused on persuading European politicians to oppose the Reach regulatory scheme in its current form.
But by bringing its concerns to global trade officials, the US has expanded and re-focused its opposition to the EC proposal to highlight Reach’s conflicts with WTO efforts and those of other international bodies to harmonize the global regulatory framework for chemicals.
Given the cost and logistical burdens of complying with the proposed testing requirements, and given the widespread use of chemicals in manufactured goods, Reach “could impact the majority of
Reach would unfairly impact small businesses and downstream users, adversely impact innovation and create global market uncertainty of the availability of certain chemicals, the
CNI Sources who monitor the WTO disagree on whether the US decision to bring its concerns before the WTO committee signals an intention to file a formal complaint charging that Reach would violate technical trade barrier rules. The
Bill Primosch, a global trade expert at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), said he knows of no decision by the
“This is probably an attempt to raise the profile of the issue to get the European Commission to start thinking about the problems,” Primosch said. “In that sense, we’d say this is a good thing.”
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