The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) today submitted to Congressional committees its final report on miscellaneous tariff bill petitions it received under the 2016 American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA).
The Commission submitted the report to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for their use in developing a miscellaneous tariff bill for Congressional consideration, as required by the AMCA.
The Commission’s final report and other background information can be found on the USITC website at https://www.usitc.gov/trade_tariffs/mtb_program_information.
In the report, the Commission categorizes petitions as either (a) petitions that meet the requirements of the Act with or without modification (Category I, II, III, or IV petitions), (b) petitions that do not contain the information required by the Act or for which the Commission determined that the petitioner was not a likely beneficiary (Category V petitions), or (c) petitions that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill (Category VI petitions).
The Commission’s final report provides recommendations on 3,442 petitions. The largest product categories were chemicals, accounting for 1,839 petitions; machinery and equipment, accounting for 715 petitions; and textiles, apparel and footwear, accounting for 581 petitions. Of the 3,442 petitions, the Commission assigned 2,695 to Categories I through IV, 42 to Category V, and 705 to Category VI.
Background: The USITC has now completed the second of two miscellaneous tariff bill petition cycles mandated by the AMCA. Under the process, petitioners who could demonstrate that they are likely beneficiaries of a suspension or reduction of duties submitted petitions to the USITC between October 11, 2019, and December 10, 2019. The USITC accepted public comments on the petitions between January 10, 2020, and February 24, 2020. The USITC then evaluated the petitions to determine whether they met certain statutory requirements and submitted a preliminary report on the petitions received to the Committees, on June 9, 2020. The USITC subsequently accepted additional, limited public comments on Category VI petitions from June 12, 2020, through June 22, 2020. The submission of today’s report marks the completion of the second and final petition cycle required by the law.