An agreement on whether to keep all goods bought over the Internet free from customs duties could be reached within a month.
At a meeting in Geneva last Friday, the US told its fellow World Trade Organisation (WTO) members that it wanted an accord within the next month to ensure commerce conducted entirely over the Internet stayed permanently free of tariffs.
The US stance was set out by Rita Hayes, Washington?s ambassador to the WTO, at an informal session of the body?s ruling after Canada had proposed an interim agreement on the issue.
The idea that all products bought and transmitted through the Internet should be protected from customs duties was first raised by the Clinton Administration in July.
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