Comments on Duty-Free Quota-Free Market Access


On behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), I am pleased to submit public comments regarding the implementation of the WTO commitment to provide duty-free, quota-free (DFQF) market access for least-developed countries (LDCs) adopted at the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2005. RILA and our member companies strongly support granting comprehensive DFQF treatment to LDCs as part of a successful WTO Doha Development Agenda agreement. U.S. preference programs are positive economic tools that promote development in developing countries, create jobs in the United States and in the nations of our poorest trading partners, and benefit U.S. consumers by allowing retailers to provide better quality and variety of products at affordable prices.

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