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ITC Proposes Minor Changes to Rules on Investigations, Trade Remedy Assistance

Friday, February 06, 2015
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The International Trade Commission is inviting comments through April 10 on a number of proposed amendments to its rules of practice and procedure, including the following with respect to certain investigations and trade remedy assistance. The ITC states that this proposal is part of a retrospective analysis that attempts to determine whether certain of its rules should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed.

- adding procedures for filing a petition or request for a safeguard investigation

- removing provisions that govern investigations with respect to the commercial availability of textile fabric and yarn in sub-Saharan African countries, as the statutory basis for such investigations has been repealed

- clarifying that the Trade Remedy Assistance Office handles proceedings under several trade statutes, not just unfair practices in import trade

- informing the public that the ITC provides information relating to trade remedy assistance on its website

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