ITC is Set to Open Public Comment Phase Under Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process

January 10, 2020

Starting January 10, 2020, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is set to begin accepting comments on petitions for temporary duty suspensions and reductions that were filed with the agency last year pursuant to the ongoing Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process. This triennial process provides U.S. companies with a unique opportunity to reduce their overall tariff liability on imported products that are unavailable from U.S. sources.

During the petition filing period late last year, the ITC received more than 4,000 petitions for suspensions or reductions of import duties on products across a range of industries, including chemicals, textiles, and machinery. Petitions are publicly available through the following link to the ITC’s portal for the ongoing MTB process.

Parties that are interested in commenting on the petitions are now being invited to submit comments for the ITC’s consideration of the petitions. Comments will be accepted during the 45-day period running from Friday, January 10 through Monday, February 24, 2020. Comments may be filed by any interested party or member of the public, and may be filed either in opposition to filed petitions, or in support. The ITC is particularly interested in obtaining the views of U.S. manufacturers that produce articles that are identical to or competitive with the imported goods subject to the filed petitions.

Wiley Rein attorneys are prepared to answer questions on the MTB, assist with comment submissions, and respond to concerns relating to products being covered in this year’s process. For more information, please contact one of the authors listed on this alert.

To view Wiley’s webinar on the ongoing MTB process, click here.

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