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DOC - 347 - Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameIndustry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number347
Original Establishment Date1/3/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/16/2004Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date3/17/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date6/16/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gary
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Stanley
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*19 U.S.C. 2155Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-0376
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-0382
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the ISAC is to discuss the most sensitive, critical trade policy issues and negotiations, to develop industry specific and market priority positions on major policy initiatives and receive and provide input from the U.S. Government on the status of issues and policies which affect the U.S. paper and allied products industries. The Committee represents the range of domestic pulp, paper and paperboard products processing sectors. The ISAC remains concerned about the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Uruguay Round WTO Commitments, Doha Round of WTO, Free Trade Area of the Americas, the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation, the series of Free Trade Agreements and negotiations, several WTO country accessions, China WTO compliance, tariff eliminations, subsidies, environmental issues, and technical barriers to trade. The industry would like to see tariff elimination for all pulp, paper, and paperboard products.The ISAC desired to remain active during this charter term to assist the U.S. Government in developing negotiating strategy for a number of key trade policy issues, especially for the Doha Round of WTO trade negotiations, China's WTO Accession and Compliance, U.S.-Australia, Morocco, Central America, and Dominican Republic FTAs, and environmental reviews. The industry met with senior USTR and Commerce officials throughout the year in order to advance the industry's negotiating objectives. As part of the Committee's input, the ISAC provided key written and oral submissions to the USTR, Commerce, and State officials highlighting key access issues and problems in the Asia Pacific and Central American regions.In FY 2003, there were a number of other issues that ISAC 12 followed very closely, offered key advice to the U.S. Government, and adopted formal negotiating positions to assist the U.S. Government in various negotiations. These included: the Doha Round of WTO negotiations; the Australia, Central American, Dominican Republic, and Morocco FTAs and environmental review; Global Climate Change/President's Initiative Against Illegal Logging; a variety of WTO accessions; Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA); Trade and Environment Committee of the World Trade Organization; the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Partnership; and, the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Business Dialogue.
How is membership balanced?*The ISAC continues to endure a transition period. Recent mergers and acquisitions activities in the industry have limited the availability of corporate membership. Replacements for some of the traditional committee members that have recently retired have been identified, however, the replacement of previous members is slow in taking place. The ISAC is balanced in the areas of regional and product coverage, but more support from the packaging and converting industries would broaden the ISAC's level of perspective and expertise in many product categories and policy initiatives. Increased industry membership is necessary to make the input from this ISAC viable in the development of U.S.G trade policy.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee had 4 meetings this year. However, the actual number of future meetings is dictated by Government need for private sector advice. The U.S. Government will be engaged in multilateral and bilateral trade policy initiatives including the new WTO round, Free Trade Area of the Americas, Central America Free Trade Agreement, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issues, Japan, World Trade Organization accession by numerous countries, and enforcement of trade agreements. The advice the Government receives from the private sector through the advisory committee will be an ongoing process and will be an intrinsic part of developing U.S. negotiating and implementing positions for all policy negotiations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee structure ensures a unique source of information to the Government. All members have security clearances and through a continuing dialogue with Government officials are made aware of Government trade policy at a level not otherwise available to the private sector. Because this Committee remains current in the broad spectrum of trade policy rather than a single facet--as would be the case in the absence of a committee structure--the private sector input from the committee is more pertinent. The advisory committee program is legislatively mandated and is a formal comprehensive consultative link between the U.S. Government and U.S. industry. The program has the responsibility to address all issues concerning trade policy.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Industry Consultations Program was established by the Trade Act of 1974 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Subsection 135(f) of the Trade Act provides that the ISACs shall be exempt from the provisions of the FACA relating to open meetings, public notice, public participation, and public availability of documents when it is determined that the proceedings would, if disclosed, seriously compromise the Government's negotiating objectives or bargaining positions regarding trade policy matters. ISAC meetings routinely involve these kinds of discussions. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) evaluates each meeting agenda and issues a Notice of Determination when it is necessary to close meetings.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentIssued changes to text of trade agreements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentEffective in formulating the trade policy and objectives of the United States.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNo measurable calculation is possible as recommendations are mostly made during meetings.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee submitted their statutory report on U.S.-Bahrain FTA; however, no measurable calculation is possible as recommendations are mostly made orally to trade negotiators during meetings.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo measurable calculation is possible as recommendations are mostly made during meetings.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo measurable calculation as section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, does not bind the USTR and the Secretary of Commerce to the advice submitted by the Committee.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*Most feedback is rendered orally during meetings; when written advice is sent to the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR, or their designees, it is reviewed by Secretary's policy staff and tasked to appropriate ITA unit to prepare draft response. Commerce internal procedures require that all responses for Secretarial signature (and/or joint signature with USTR)go through a concurrence process which ensures that the appropriate level Commerce officials are seeing the advice and have a chance for comment. All formal responses must be cleared by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade prior to Secretary's signature, which ensures that ITAC advice is weighed and considered.Narrative Description*The Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers and implementation of trade agreements negotiated under Sections 101 or 102 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and Sections 1102 and 1103 of the 1988 Trade Act, which affect the products of its sector; and performs such other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR or their designees.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$64,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$64,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015370Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)2003
 COM-017057Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)2002
 COM-017307Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)2001
 COM-019075Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)2000
 COM-019208Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)1999
 COM-020879Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)1998
 COM-021169Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Paper and Paper Products for Trade Policy Matters (ISAC 12)1997