Foreign trade agreements (51 - 60 of 108 items)
International Trade: Issues Concerning the Generalized System of Preferences Program
T-GGD-94-174: Published: Jun 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1994.
GAO discussed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. GAO noted that: (1) most GSP benefits accrue to fewer than 10 of the 145 beneficiary countries; (2) many countries are not eligible for GSP benefits because of several program provisions that limit benefits; (3) although the GSP program has a generally well-structured administrative process, opportunities exist to promote better in...
International Trade: Combating U.S. Competitors' Tied Aid Practices
T-GGD-94-156: Published: May 25, 1994. Publicly Released: May 25, 1994.
GAO discussed tied aid, focusing on the: (1) adverse impact on U.S. exports of six major U.S. competitors' tied aid practices; (2) differences between U.S. tied aid programs and those of major competitors; (3) U.S. policy toward tied aid; (4) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) 1992 tied aid agreement; and (5) Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee's (TPCC) new Tied Aid...
International Trade: Efforts to Open Foreign Procurement Markets
T-GGD-94-155: Published: May 19, 1994. Publicly Released: May 19, 1994.
GAO discussed discrimination in foreign government procurement. GAO noted that: (1) the 1979 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations on government procurement did not meet U.S. economic expectations; (2) the United States' objective in the Uruguay Round of GATT was to broaden telecommunications and electrical utility markets and competition for services and construction contract...
International Trade: Observations on the Uruguay Round Agreement
T-GGD-94-98: Published: Feb 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1994.
GAO discussed the negotiations and agreements reached during the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). GAO noted that: (1) the United States achieved many of its objectives during the Uruguay Round of GATT; (2) the agreement should promote U.S. national interests that were not previously covered by GATT including services, intellectual property rights, and agricultura...
Measuring U.S.-Canada Trade: Shifting Trade Winds May Threaten Recent Progress
GGD-94-4: Published: Jan 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1994.
GAO reviewed the current systems and processes used for measuring trade between the United States and Canada, focusing on: (1) how these systems are affected by changes in the trade environment; and (2) the United States' and Canada's ability to produce accurate and complete trade data.GAO found that: (1) U.S. exports to Canada and other countries have been undercounted because the Customs Service...
Former Soviet Union: Agricultural Reform and Food Situation in Its Successor States
GGD-94-17: Published: Nov 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the: (1) status of agricultural reforms in the newly independent states in the former Soviet Union; (2) relationship, if any, between U.S. credit-guaranteed food exports and agricultural reform; (3) amount of U.S. credit provided to the former Soviet Union, and whether food provided under the guarantees is distributed equitably among its republics;...
North American Free Trade Agreement: A Focus on the Substantive Issues
T-GGD-93-44: Published: Sep 21, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1993.
GAO discussed major issues associated with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). GAO noted that: (1) NAFTA will reduce barriers to North American trade and investment such as tariffs, import licensing, and customs user fees; (2) under NAFTA, investors will gain nondiscriminatory treatment, freedom from performance requirements, free transfer of investment-related funds, expropriation ba...
North American Free Trade Agreement: Assessment of Major Issues
GGD-93-137: Published: Sep 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
GAO provided an overview of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), focusing on the: (1) provisions to liberalize trade and investment in North America; (2) special provisions for trade-sensitive economic sectors; (3) rules to implement the agreement; and (4) potential impacts on the economy, environment, labor, and immigration.GAO found that: (1) the NAFTA goal is to improve productivity...
Foreign Assistance: Accuracy of AID Statistics on Dollars Flowing Back to the U.S. Economy Is Doubtful
NSIAD-93-196: Published: Aug 3, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Agency for International Development (AID) determines the extent to which U.S. foreign economic assistance dollars flow back to the United States through the procurement of U.S. goods and services.GAO found that: (1) both Buy American Reporting System (BARS) and AID reflow studies rely on imprecise and inconsistent measuring techniques and...
GGD-93-10R: Published: Dec 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1993.
GAO provided information concerning the U.S.-Canada and the North American Free Trade (NAFTA) agreements. GAO noted that: (1) NAFTA eliminates the value content requirement for certain products and replaces it with a more general rule of origin based on a change in tariff classification; (2) NAFTA considers goods to be of North American origin if foreign parts and materials do not comprise more th...