Attention MTB participants: We want to know what you think

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) is seeking feedback from the public regarding its Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) program and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition System (MTBPS).

As the Commission evaluates the initial MTB petition cycle and plans for the second cycle, which will begin by October 15, 2019, the agency is seeking feedback from the public regarding both the MTB process and the MTBPS portal.  The Commission is specifically interested in views concerning:

  • the Interim Rules of Practice and Procedure,
  • the “help” function documentation and training, and
  • the MTBPS portal’s ease of use and functionality. 

The Commission will accept responses until November 30, 2017. 

Access the survey here. [DOCX]

BACKGROUND

The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA), enacted in 2016, changed the process by which entities request temporary import duty suspensions and reductions from Congress.  The bill transferred responsibility to the USITC to collect and evaluate requests for such actions and to then report its findings to the Congressional tax-writing committees.  

The AMCA mandated two petition submission cycles, during which petitioners that were likely beneficiaries of a suspension or reduction of duties submit petitions to the USITC.  The USITC evaluated submitted petitions; determined whether they met certain statutory requirements; and submitted preliminary and final reports to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance for their use in developing a miscellaneous tariff bill for Congressional consideration.  To facilitate the submission of petitions and comments, the USITC developed a web portal, the MTBPS.

For more information, visit the MTBPS web page and access the portal here