This report is one of the main means used by the U.S. International Trade Commission to provide Congress with factual information on trade policy and its management for 2016. The trade agreement program includes “all activities that are or are related to the management of international agreements, which mainly concern trade and are concluded on the basis of the authority conferred on the President by the Constitution” and by congressional legislation. In February 2016, the USTR asked the Peruvian government to verify that certain wood products exported to the United States in 2015 complied with current Peruvian laws and regulations. Peru`s investigation found that a significant proportion of these timber shipments did not comply with Peruvian legislation on the trade in wood products. In August 2016, the Wood Committee issued a number of recommendations to remedy this infringement, and in November 2016, the USTR agreed with Peru on a series of concrete measures.  In the September 19-23 round, participants attempted to reduce the types of environmental products that needed to be added to the final list, which was limited to approximately 300 tariff lines designated by EGA participants.  A number of participants also supported the goal of achieving an annual target for a final agreement.  During the round of negotiations, which ended October 16-20, EGA participants held further small group discussions focusing on product categories deemed controversial by the EGA President.  Following the negotiations in October 2015, the United States and 11 partner countries signed the TPP on February 4, 2016. In 2016, the U.S. government worked to prepare the agreement for congressional reflections; However, the two leading presidential candidates opposed the TPP as they were developed and the implementing laws were not submitted to Congress until the end of 2016. In January 2017, President Trump told the USTR to formally withdraw from the TPP talks.
In 2016, the Commission closed a total of 66 investigations and related proceedings under Section 337, including 1 pre-trial detention procedure, 1 procedure for the implementation of the conservatory procedure, 1 amendment procedure, 2 advisory procedures, 1 derogation procedure, 1 sanction procedure and 12 annulment procedures. In addition, in 2016, 3 general exclusion decisions, 9 temporary exclusion decisions and 11 restraining orders and abstention orders were issued.