ITC Amends Rules on Investigations, Trade Remedy Assistance
The International Trade Commission has issued a final rule that, effective Aug. 10, will make a number of amendments to its rules of practice and procedure, including the following with respect to certain investigations and trade remedy assistance. The ITC states that these changes are the result of its latest analysis of whether certain of its rules should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make its regulatory program more effective or less burdensome.
- 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of textile fabric and yarn in sub-Saharan African countries, as the statutory basis for such investigations has been repealed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
The ITC received a comment stating that its requirement for filing both paper and electronic copies is burdensome on submitters and causes confusion and complications for both the ITC and private parties and requesting that the ITC eliminate the requirement that paper copies be submitted when filing electronically. However, the ITC states that it is not yet in a position to change its practice, citing among other things the constraints of current technology and its own ability to adopt new technology given budget restrictions.