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US/EU trade:Your views

Written by Paula Devine | 12 Aug 2013

BIS are giving businesses the opportunity to raise particular issues that they would like to see addressed in upcoming trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States. To help guide your feedback they  have provided a short questionnaire.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the name of a wide-ranging agreement that is going to be negotiated between the EU and the US. The negotiations will aim at removing barriers to trade and investment across the economy.

The TTIP has the potential to be the biggest bilateral trade agreement in the world, and to bring significant economic benefits in terms of growth and jobs to both sides of the Atlantic. Our analysis suggests an ambitious agreement could add £10bn annually to the UK economy.

In trade policy, the European Commission negotiates for the EU on the basis of a mandate and regular guidance from EU Member States. Over the summer we are refining the UK's priorities for the negotiations. It is important therefore that UK Ministers and officials understand in detail the issues faced by particular sectors when doing business in the US.

Please send responses by email to the TTIP team on by Friday 23rd August.


1. What is your main area of activity?

2. In your view, are there SME specific obstacles to doing business in the US?

3. Does your organisation face barriers to doing business in the US in any of the following areas? If so, please provide details, including your assessment of the likely impact of removing any barriers:

Regulatory barriers
Customs procedures and border enforcement
Protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights
Protection for Geographical Indications or trademarks
Barriers to direct investments
Public procurement

4. Do you have any other issues that you would like to raise?

Topics: Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, EU, trade

Paula Devine

Written by Paula Devine

Paula is Head of Membership and Global Services at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

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