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USTR denies request to reopen comment period for Section 301 inquiry into Vietnam currency practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative will still hold a Dec. 29 virtual public hearing pertaining to a Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s currency practices, despite recent concerns raised by 24 trade associations.

In a Dec. 18 letter sent to the USTR by law firm Mowry & Grimson, the associations voiced concern that a U.S. Treasury Department report labeling Vietnam as a currency manipulator was issued after the public comment period deadline for the Dec. 29 hearing. In addition to asking the USTR to reopen the public comment period, the associations asked that the hearing and post-hearing comment period be delayed

In its Dec. 22 response, the USTR said that interested parties may still comment on the Treasury report under an existing timeline for public input. This includes the submission of post hearing comments due Jan. 7. It also noted that witnesses at the Dec.

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