H.R. 3439 (99th): Telecommunications Trade Act of 1985

Sep 26, 1985 (99th Congress, 1985–1986)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Robert Matsui
Representative for California's 3rd congressional district
Related Bills
H.R. 4800 (Related)
Trade and International Economic Policy Reform Act of 1986

Passed House
Last Action: May 22, 1986


This bill was introduced on September 26, 1985, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Sep 26, 1985
Referred to Committee Sep 26, 1985
Full Title

A bill to promote expansion of international trade in telecommunications equipment and services, and for other purposes.


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18 cosponsors (10D, 8R) (show)

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Telecommunications Trade Act of 1985 -
Title I - Actions to Achieve Competitive Opportunities
Directs the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), within six months of enactment of this Act, to identify and analyze all acts, policies, and practices in the markets of foreign countries that deny to U.S. telecommunications firms and their subsidiaries fair and equitable foreign market opportunities.
Sets forth factors to be considered in making such analysis and determination.
Authorizes the USTR to exclude a country from investigation if the USTR determines that the potential market in such country for U.S. telecommunications products and services is not substantial.
Requires the USTR to report to the Congress within six months of enactment of this Act on such analysis and determinations.
Directs the President to begin negotiations with those countries which deny U.S. telecommunications firms fair and equitable market opportunities to enter into trade agreements which provide such opportunities to U.S. telecommunications firms.
Sets forth the objectives of the negotiations.
Directs the President, if unable to enter into such an agreement which achieves such objectives, to take, within two years of enactment of this Act, whatever actions within certain limits are necessary to achieve such objectives.
Directs the President to take those actions which most directly affect trade in telecommunications products and services with the country concerned.
Sets forth the actions the President is authorized to take in such circumstances.
Directs the USTR, if a country does engage in unfair trade practices, to take whatever actions within certain limits are necessary to fully offset such acts, policies, and practices, and to restore the balance of concessions between the United States and such foreign country.
Requires the USTR to review annually the extent to which a foreign country's policies meet the negotiating objectives achieved by trade agreements.
Directs the USTR to take specified actions if the foreign country is not in compliance with such trade agreement or has adopted an unfair trade act, policy, or practice.
Sets forth the actions the USTR is authorized to take.
Directs the President and the USTR to consult with the Secretary of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission, and a specified interagency trade organization to determine appropriate actions against foreign countries.
Directs the USTR to provide the opportunity for presentations of views by interested parties for purposes of identifying the objectives of trade negotiations and determining appropriate actions against foreign countries.
Directs the President to keep the Congress informed of:
(1) the negotiating priorities and objectives for each country involved;
(2) the assessment of negotiating prospects; and
(3) any U.S. concessions which might be included in negotiations to achieve such objectives.
Title II - Trade Agreement Authority
Authorizes the President, during the three years following enactment of this Act, to enter into trade agreements which meet specified objectives with foreign countries which provide for:
(1) the harmonization, reduction, or elimination of duties or restrictions, barriers, or other distortions to international trade; or
(2) the prohibition of or limitations on the imposition of duties or restrictions, barriers, or other distortions to international trade.
Authorizes the President to enter into trade agreements with a foreign country to grant concessions as compensation in order to maintain the general level of reciprocal and mutually advantageous concessions if:
(1) the President has taken action because no trade agreement could be reached under this Act; and
(2) the USTR is not required to take action against such country under this Act.
Title III - Miscellaneous Provisions
Authorizes importing a product that is subject to registration or approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) only if:
(1) such product conforms with all applicable FCC regulations; and
(2) the information which is required on a specified FCC form is provided to the appropriate customs officer at the time of entry into the United States. Directs the FCC, the Secretary of Commerce, and the USTR to provide enforcement assistance to the Secretary of the Treasury upon request.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to provide the Congress with information on such imports at least twice a year.
Amends the Trade Act of 1974 to include within the definition of service sector access authorization any authorization that permits a foreign supplier of goods related to a service access to the U.S. market.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce to report to the Congress at least once every two years on the impact of U.S. domestic policies and practices on the growth and international competitiveness of the U.S. telecommunications industry.

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