John Benedetto, Lauren Gamache, James Holbein, Craig Thomsen


The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) marked its centennial anniversary in 2016. This article summarizes the proceedings of the conference that was organized to celebrate that occasion. Distinguished government officials, academics, litigators, and USITC alumni described how the need arose for the creation of such an agency, the problems experienced in launching it, and how it has fulfilled its mission. These discussions addressed both the high points and the trials and tribulations associated with a hundred years of increasingly complex challenges in collecting trade data, maintaining and reorganizing the tariff code, and conducting antidumping, countervailing-duty, safeguard, intellectual property, and fact-finding investigations. The conference presentations summarized here broadly reflect the structure and scholarship found in the forthcoming book, A Centennial History of the United States International Trade Commission.