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Hearing Guidance

Hearing Protocol

This is an overview of the Commission’s hearing protocols for antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigations and section 332 general factfinding investigations. 

For further detail please see Hearing Guidelines and USITC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure or the Federal Register notice for each investigation.

Before the Hearing

Request to Appear/Testify

Any interested person may request to appear either in person or by a representative. You need not be an attorney or be represented by counsel to appear at a hearing.

To appear, you must file a request with the Secretary to serve as a notice of participation. The Secretary will confirm your request and send you the hearing witness list and additional guidance.

Audio Visual

You must use your own laptop for audio visual presentations, if planned.

Internet Access

Wireless internet access is available. For more information go to


Exhibits either for the record or for demonstration should be tagged or marked to show the name of the submitter.

Filing Requirements before the Hearing

(See Federal Register notice for deadlines.)

Investigation type

Item to be filed

Details at



201.13  Rule


Prehearing Briefs/Submissions

207.23 Rule

General Factfinding

Notice of Participation

201.13 Rule or Federal Register Notice

General Factfinding

Prehearing Briefs/Submissions

201.13 Rule or Federal Register Notice


Confidential Business Information

207.7 Rule

General Factfinding

Confidential Business Information

201.6 Rule

Filing Documents

You may deliver documents to Dockets Services, room 112-A of the USITC Building between 8:45 am and 5:15 pm.  Documents transmitted by mail will be considered filed when they arrive in Dockets Services. Some documents may also be filed via Electronic Document Information System (EDIS). Documents provided to other USITC personnel will not be treated as properly filed. View the Handbook on Filing Procedures.


Preparing to Testify

Persons testifying may present a prepared summary statement, speak from notes, or respond to questions posed by the attorneys. Testimony should be brief, clear, and concise. You may summarize your prehearing brief and/or respond to arguments made by other parties. Additional background information may be submitted in your prehearing brief to become part of the record.

Day of the Hearing

Hearings are usually held in the Main Hearing Room (room 101) in the USITC building at 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. The USITC is located one block east of the L’Enfant Plaza metro station (use the 7th & D Street exit) on Metro’s blue, orange, green, and yellow lines.

Hours, Seating Arrangements, and Other Miscellaneous Matters

Hearings typically:

  • Begin at 9:30 a.m.
  • Break for lunch around 1:00 p.m.
  • Resume at 2:00 p.m.
  • End for the day at 5:00 p.m. The Commissioners, however, may choose to continue into the evening in order to complete a hearing.  

There are no reserved seats in the Main Hearing Room except those designated for use by the ITC staff and/or seats for Congressional or Embassy witnesses. 


USITC  Hearing Room Hearing Room Seating Information

Addressing a Commissioner

The most common practice is to address the Commissioner as “Mister” or “Madam” or “Commissioner” as appropriate.

Questioning During the Hearing:

  • Each Commissioner is given 10 minutes per round of questioning for as many rounds as necessary.
  • Questions from the Commission may also be posed to witnesses in writing following the hearing.
  • Witnesses who need to be dismissed early should notify the Secretary.
After the Hearing


Transcripts of Commission hearings are available for sale by the reporting firm. Transcripts of confidential sessions are available only to those who are signatories to the administrative protective order issued for the investigation.

Parties are welcome to submit transcript corrections by the deadline date outlined by the presiding official at the hearing. Transcript corrections are approved by the Secretary

Filing Requirements after the Hearing

(See Federal Register notice for deadlines.)

Investigation type

Items to be filed

Details at


Posthearing Brief/Submissions

207.25/207.26 Rules

General Factfinding

Posthearing Briefs/Submissions

201.13 and Federal Register Notice


Please call the Secretary's office at 202.205.2000 with further questions or additional guidance, or consult the Commission's Rules (PDF).