Text: H.R.5513 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 5513 Introduced in House (IH)]

112th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 5513

 To require the collection of up-to-date information on tariff and non-
tariff laws, regulations, and practices of foreign countries affecting 
  exports of United States goods and services, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              May 7, 2012

    Mr. Tipton (for himself, Mr. Coffman of Colorado, Mr. Graves of 
Missouri, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Hinojosa, and Mr. 
  Mulvaney) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                      Committee on Foreign Affairs

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                                 A BILL


 
 To require the collection of up-to-date information on tariff and non-
tariff laws, regulations, and practices of foreign countries affecting 
  exports of United States goods and services, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Transparent Rules Allow Direct 
Exporting for Small Businesses and Jobs Act'' or ``TRADE for Small 
Businesses and Jobs Act''.

SEC. 2. FOREIGN TARIFF AND NON-TARIFF LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND PRACTICES 
              AFFECTING EXPORTS OF UNITED STATES GOODS AND SERVICES.

    (a) Purpose.--The purpose of this section is to assist exporters of 
United States goods and services to access new markets in foreign 
countries.
    (b) Collection of Information.--
            (1) By secretary of commerce.--The Secretary of Commerce 
        shall, in consultation with the United States Trade 
        Representative and the Secretary of State, collect information 
        on tariff and non-tariff laws, regulations, and practices of 
        foreign countries affecting exports of United States goods and 
        services other than United States agricultural commodities.
            (2) By secretary of agriculture.--The Secretary of 
        Agriculture shall, in consultation with the United States Trade 
        Representative and the Secretary of State, collect information 
        on tariff and non-tariff laws, regulations, and practices of 
        foreign countries affecting exports of United States 
        agricultural commodities.
    (c) Availability of Information.--
            (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
        the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall make 
        available the information collected under subsection (b)(1) and 
        the Secretary of Agriculture shall make available the 
        information collected under subsection (b)(2) to United States 
        exporters on the website Export.gov or a successor website.
            (2) Format.--The information collected under subsections 
        (b)(1) and (b)(2) shall be presented in a clear and easy-to-
        understand format to allow United States exporters to better 
        understand and comply with tariff and non-tariff laws, 
        regulations, and practices of foreign countries described in 
        subsections (b)(1) and (b)(2), respectively.
            (3) Update.--The Secretary of Commerce shall update the 
        information collected under subsection (b)(1) and the Secretary 
        of Agriculture shall update the information collected under 
        subsection (b)(2) on the website Export.gov or a successor 
        website not less than once every 60 days after the date on 
        which the Secretary of Commerce makes available the information 
        collected under subsection (b)(1) and the Secretary of 
        Agriculture makes available the information collected under 
        subsection (b)(2), respectively.
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