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Foreign Censorship Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the United States International Trade Commission?
The United States International Trade Commission (Commission) is an independent Federal Government agency. Part of our work includes responding to requests from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Committee on Finance of the U.S. Senate (Committee) on matters related to trade and competitiveness.
What is this survey related to?
The Senate Finance Committee has requested the Commission to conduct a factfinding investigation (Inv. No. 332-586) on the trade and economic effects of foreign censorship on affected businesses in the United States and their global operations. As a part of this investigation the Committee has requested the Commission to conduct a survey to collect information on such effects.
Under what authority is a response to this questionnaire legally required?
We are requesting this information under the authority of section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1332(g)). Completing the questionnaire is mandatory, and failure to reply as directed can result in a subpoena or other order to compel the submission of records or information in your possession (19 U.S.C. § 1333(a)).
Why am I receiving this questionnaire?
The Commission has identified your business as one that may provide products and/or services in mainland China and has randomly selected you to receive a questionnaire.
My business is very small (i.e., less than 5 employees), do I still need to complete the questionnaire?
Yes, you are still required to complete the questionnaire.
My business does not provide products and services in mainland China, do I still need to complete the questionnaire?
The Commission still requires a response to section 1 of the questionnaire for statistical purposes. If your business does not have activity in China relevant to this investigation, the online questionnaire will skip you to the certification and submission page.
My business is a private organization, do I still need to provide information on revenue?
Is my business’s response confidential?
Yes. The Commission regularly collects and protects confidential business information. Your response will be aggregated with other to develop broad statistics that do not reveal the identity or operations of any one respondent.
Whom, in my organization, should fill out the survey?
Ideally, someone who is familiar with your business’s experiences in China will complete the questionnaire. In many cases, responding to the questionnaire requires a team of people across business units and it is helpful if the respondent is someone who can coordinate the gathering of information.
What if I can’t provide an accurate answer to a question?
The Commission is generally concerned with receiving the best estimates that your business can provide.
What parts of my business should the response cover?
Please provide a single response for your business's activities and experiences and, to the extent possible, the experiences of its subsidiaries and affiliates. If your business has a parent company, do not send the questionnaire to the parent to complete.

If your business is an affiliate of a foreign company, please respond as if the affiliate were an independent business operating in the United States. For example, for an affiliate in the United States, report estimated total domestic and foreign sales for the affiliate and not for the foreign parent company.

If your business is a holding company without operations, please contact the project team at or 202-780-1638 for further instruction.
How long do I have to complete the questionnaire?
Please provide your response by November 3rd, 2021. Contact the project team if you need additional time.