Background

The International Trade Commission has submitted to Congress its final report on the petitions for duty suspensions and reductions that have been filed with the ITC under the revamped miscellaneous trade bill process. This report lists 3,442 petitions covering products in categories such as chemicals (53.4 percent of petitions filed), machinery and equipment (20.8 percent), and textiles, apparel, and footwear (16.9 percent).

 

These petitions are characterized as follows.

 

- meets the statutory requirements for inclusion in an MTB without modification (category I, 878 petitions)

- meets the statutory requirements with specified technical changes (category II, 1,278 petitions), adjustments in the amount of duty suspension or reduction (category III, 534 petitions), or modifications in product scope (category IV, 5 petitions)

- does not contain the required information or was not filed by a likely beneficiary (category V, 42 petitions)

- not recommended for inclusion in an MTB because the product description could not be administered, a domestic producer objected, or the estimated duty revenue loss was more than $500,000 per year (category VI, 705 petitions)

 

Congress will make the final decision regarding those imported articles that will be included in a final MTB. The ITC notes that this will complete the second and final MTB provided for under the revamped MTB process set forth in the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. The duty breaks provided under the first MTB are set to expire Dec. 31.

 

Customs and trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has helped companies save millions of dollars through the MTB process. For more information, please contact David Olave at (202) 730-4960.

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