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2020 MTB Comment Period Now Underway

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is now accepting comments on petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions filed in accordance with the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (AMCA).

Under the AMCA, petitioners who can demonstrate that they are likely beneficiaries of a suspension or reduction of duties may submit petitions to the USITC.  From October 11, 2019, through December 10, 2019, the Commission accepted such petitions.

Anyone wishing to support, object to, or otherwise comment on a petition may file views with the Commission. Comments must be filed during a 45-day formal comment period that began on Friday, January 10, 2020, and will run through 5:15 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020. 

Commenters should be aware of these key points:

  • Commenters must file their comments using the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition System (MTBPS) portal on the USITC website. No other method of filing will be accepted.
     
  • Commenters must file such submissions no later than 5:15 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020. No late filings will be accepted. This includes comments intended to edit or correct a comment filed earlier in the comment period but later withdrawn.
     
  • Commenters are strongly advised to visit the USITC website before attempting to file a comment and review the Commission’s Rules, the Handbook on MTB Filing Procedures, and the Before You File a Comment guide.
     
  • Commenters should have all required information at hand before beginning the filing process because the portal system does not allow users to save their work and return to it at a later time.

Commenters should direct questions about the MTB process to mtbinfo@usitc.gov and technical questions regarding the portal to mtbpshelp@usitc.gov.