• cost to U.S. industry and consumers of duplicative conformity assessment requirements of federal, state, and local agencies. To support the work of the USTR and other federal agencies, including those involved in export promotion, it should also collect, analyze, and report data on the effects of foreign conformity assessment systems and regulations on U.S. trade.
  • RECOMMENDATION 10: The USTR's post-Uruguay Round trade agenda, including work through the World Trade Organization, should include detailed analysis and monitoring of emerging environmental management system standards and their potential effects on U.S. exports. Technical assistance should be provided to USTR by NIST.



For a comprehensive discussion of U.S. economic performance relative to other industrialized nations, see; the Annual Report of the World Economic Forum. Davos, Switzerland, 1994. Data series reported annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor on "International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity," and BLS data on relative levels of real gross domestic product (GDP) per employed person are relevant to cross-national comparisons of U.S. productivity and output. Numerous data sets which reveal relative competitive positions of the United States in service and manufacturing sectors are reported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank in annual publications.

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