Trade Agreements Secretariat

The United States Trade Agreements Secretariat (TAS)

The Trade Agreements Secretariat (TAS) is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of dispute settlement actions under 14 U.S. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). TAS works closely with counterparts in 20 FTA partner countries to ensure that the United States and its exporters are treated fairly and in accordance with agreed upon FTA commitments.

In instances where other countries may not be abiding by their FTA obligations, TAS performs a valuable compliance function to complement FTA enforcement actions and level the playing field for U.S. companies. TAS is currently administering 12 disputes involving 38 U.S. companies, over 3.8 million U.S. workers, and over $8.32 billion in subject merchandise.

 

TAS Electronic Filing (e-filing) System:

The TAS electronic filing (e-filing) system is a new secure online system for administering disputes under Chapters 10 and 31 of USMCA. 

Key Features of the E-filing System

  • Document Filing, Docketing, and Storage: Interested parties are able to file dispute documents electronically through the online system. The TAS e-filing system also logically organizes filings for easy access and serves as a central repository for all documents related to a dispute. 
  • Account Creation: All users participating in and providing materials for proceedings are able to create secure accounts and file documents electronically. In addition, members of the public can create an account to view and download public documents associated with USMCA disputes. 
  • Online Public Reading Room: All users within the TAS e-filing system, including the public, will be able to view public versions of dispute filings, timelines and service lists.

To access the TAS e-filing system, please visit tasefiling.gov.

 

Recent FTA Dispute Settlement News and Announcements:

Friday, September 17, 2021: Deacero S.A.P.I de C.V. and Deacero USA, Inc. filed a Request for Panel Review in the matter of Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, and Final Determination of No Shipments; 2018-2019. The Request for Panel Review is accessible on the TAS E-filing System.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021: The United States (responding Party) filed its Initial Written Submission in the matter of Safeguard Measures on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Canada (USA-CDA-2021-31-01). The United States’ Initial Written Submission is accessible on the TAS E-filing System.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021: Deacero S.A.P.I de C.V. and Deacero USA, Inc. filed a Notice of Intent to Commence Judicial Review (USMCA Binational Panel) in the matter of Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, and Final Determination of No Shipments; 2018-2019. The Notice of Intent to Commence Judicial Review is accessible on the TAS E-filing System.

Monday, August 23, 2021: Nucor Tubular Products Inc. filed a Notice of Intent to Commence Judicial Review the matter of Heavy Walled Rectangular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2018-2019 at the United States Court of International Trade. 

Monday, August 23, 2021: Mexico filed a Request for Consultations with the United States in regard to the application and interpretation of Article 3 (Regional Value Content for Passenger Vehicles, Light Trucks, and Parts thereof) of the Appendix to Annex 4-B (Provisions Related to the Product-Specific Rules of Origin for Automotive Goods) and Article 4.5.4 (Regional Value Content) of the USMCA. 

Friday August 20, 2021: Canada (responding Party) filed its Initial Written Submission in the matter of Canada’s Dairy TRQ Allocation Measures (CDA-USA-2021-31-01). Canada’s public brief is accessible on the TAS E-filing System.

Monday, August 16, 2021: The U.S Department of Commerce filed their Rule 73(2) Determination on Remand Administrative Record Index in the matter of Large Residential Washers from Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Determination; 2016-2017 (USA-MEX-2018-1904-04).

Tuesday, August 10, 2021: Canada (complaining Party) filed its Initial Written Submission in the matter of Safeguard Measures on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Canada (USA-CDA-2021-31-01). Canada’s Initial Written Submission is accessible on the TAS E-filing System.

Monday, August 9, 2021: The U.S Department of Commerce filed their Rule 73(1) Determination on Remand in the matter of Large Residential Washers from Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Determination; 2016-2017 (USA-MEX-2018-1904-04). The U.S. Department of Commerce has supplemented the administrative record and intends to file the administrative record indices on August 16, 2021, pursuant to Rule 73(2).

Wednesday, August 4, 2021: The Parties completed the panel composition process for Safeguard Measures on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Canada (USA-CDA-2021-31-01). The Parties’ joint letter identifying the constitution of the Panel is accessible on the TAS E-filing System

 

United States Trade Agreements Secretariat Staff

Vidya Desai, Acting Secretary 

Julie Geiger, International Trade Specialist 

Garrett Peterson, International Trade Specialist 

 

Contact Information: 

Phone: 202-482-5438

Email: tradeagreementssecretariat@trade.gov