Clark S. Cheney was appointed as Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the U.S. International Trade Commission in February 2022, after serving as an ALJ at the Commission since March 2018. Prior to his USITC appointment, Judge Cheney served as an ALJ with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Social Security Administration. He worked in the USITC’s Office of the General Counsel for several years prior to becoming an ALJ. In that role, he regularly argued appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of the Commission. He also served as an attorney advisor in the USITC’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and was detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He began his career as a patent examiner and served as a law clerk to Judge William Bryson at the Federal Circuit. During several years of private practice, he represented domestic and international clients in intellectual property litigation. He holds a juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah. Cheney is a member of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges and resides in Washington, DC, with his husband.
- About the USITC
Information about the agency, the mission, & history
Information about the U. S. International Trade Commission’s mission and history as an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade.Commissioners
Commissioners, biographies and photos.
The bi-partisan USITC Commission is comprised of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.Administrative Law Judges
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) biographies and photos
Administrative Law Judges conduct the trial phase of Commission investigations under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337). They rule on motions during the trial stage and, following the trial, make an initial determination as to whether a violation of section 337 exists.Offices
A listing of the USITC offices and contact information.
USITC offices assist in investigating imports claimed to injure a domestic industry, in investigating violations of U.S. intellectual property rights, and in providing independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade and competitiveness.Agency Planning & Financial Reports
USITC’s Strategic Plan, Budget, and Annual ReportsUSITC’s current Strategic Plan, along with previous editions and related documents including USITC’s Budget Justifications and Performance Plans, Annual Performance Reports and Performance and Accountability Reports.
- Import Injury
Antidumping (AD), Countervailing Duty (CVD) and Safeguard Investigations
Investigations of market injury to U.S. domestic industry by foreign companies due to product dumping and/or subsidization under Sections 701 or 731 under Title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 or injury due to substantially increase imports under sections 201 or 202 of the Trade Act of 1974 or section 302 of the NAFTA Implementation Act.General Factfinding
Current general fact-finding investigations being conducted by the Offices of Economics and of Industries.
The USITC conducts investigations on matters involving international trade and industry competitiveness. These investigations often concern the likely impact of changes in trade policy such as trade agreements on the U.S. economy, industries, and workers or provide assessments of U.S. industries.Unfair Import Injury
Intellectual Property Rights Infringement
Access information about USITC investigations regarding claims of intellectual property rights infringement, including patent, copyright and trademarks, and other forms of unfair competition involving imported products under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
- Commission Meeting Notices
Public Notices of Commssion Meetings and Hearings
In accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976, USITC fosters transparency by posting public notices of Commission meetings and hearings.Commission Notices
Federal Register Notices and Commission Notices
Notice issued to the Federal Register as well as Commission public notices issued regarding investigations, solicitations for public comment, and questionnaires.Rules and Procedures
Commission Rules & Procedure Changes
Though the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Federal Register remain the official source for the text of the USITC's rules, these electronic versions are provided as a convenience.
- Commission Publications Library
A listing of USITC Commission Publications and Opinions & Reports
Includes publications regarding the following Tariff Act Sections 701,731; 201, 204, 412, 332 and 337 Opinions. Opinions and Reports that include Trade Shifts, Recent Trends, Services Trade,Year in Trade, Safeguards.Reports
Annual and Statutory Reports and Studies
Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade. Several recurring reports are published annually as part of the Commission’s mission to provide independent tariff, trade, and competitiveness-related analysis and information.Staff Publications
Staff Research Papers, Working Papers, The Journal of International Commerce and Economics, The Executive Briefings on Trade
They reflect the opinions and research of individual authors and are not the views of the U.S. International Trade Commission or any of its individual Commissioners.
- Trade Data
DataWeb, Classification System
U.S. merchandise trade and tariff data web interface, Retrieve U.S. merchandise trade data using the data request tool.Harmonized Tariff Information
Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), HTS Search, Modifications, E-Learning Module & Help
Informational listing regarding the Harmonized Tariff. The USITC (Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements) is responsible for publishing the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSA). The HTSA provides the applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States.Tariff Database
Future Tariff Rates, Quick lookup of U.S. Tariff Data for specific products, Tariff Programs
Quick lookup; data for individual tariff lines. U.S. Tariff and Trade Data for specific products. This site includes planned staged tariff reductions (where applicable) and 3-year (plus year-to-date) import data.Tariff Relief
Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition System (MTBPS)
An open and transparent process for the submission and consideration of requests for temporary duty suspensions and reductions.