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|USITC Launches New Tariff Relief System
On October 11th, the U.S. International Trade Commission launched a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process, under which companies can request petitions for tariff relief on individual products through the USITC’s MTB petition filing web portal. Companies have until December 9th to submit petitions. You can click here to access the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018, which includes the list of all products currently eligible for tariff relief under the legislation, and the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) 99 numbers that must be included on customs declarations.
Currently, the tariff relief under the MTB Act of 2018 will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Companies requesting relief have to file using the USITC’s (MTBPS) portal, as no other method of filing will be accepted. The USITC is encouraging petitioners to file as soon as possible, due to the large amount of requests they will be receiving. This will also ensure that if there are any issues with your petition, such as, unclear description or missing information, the USITC will have plenty of time to contact you before the deadline. There will be no late petitions accepted.
It is very important to read the guide and all information before you file. The USITC has provided tips on what you need to know before you file. You can access the tips here.
When petitions are filed, the USITC’s Office of the Secretary will check whether petitions meet all filing requirements. If yes, those petitions will be marked as “approved” – though such designation does not necessarily mean that products in “approved” petitions will be recommended for inclusion in the USITC’s preliminary report to Congress (expected in June 2020) – just that those petitions will have met the filing requirements. You can click here to see a sample petition provided by the USITC.
There are some very important dates to remember when you file. The USITC MTB petition deadline is Dec. 10, 2019, 5:15 p.m. EST (60 days from public notice of USITC request for petitions). The Deadline for petitions and related disclosure forms to be submitted to the USITC.Public Posting of MTB Requests is Jan. 9, 2020 (Not more than 30 days after request deadline).Please note that the USITC publishes on a publicly available USITC website each petition for duty suspension and reduction, and the corresponding disclosure forms.
The next deadlines begin with the Public Comment Period which is Jan. 9 – Feb. 23, 2020 (45-day comment period beginning on the date of the public posting of petitions).The USITC publishes in the Federal Register and on a publicly available portion of the USITC website a request for public comments within 45 days following the date of the public posting of MTB requests.
The Commerce Report will be issued April 7, 2020 (Issued within 90 days of public posting of MTB requests).The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with CBP and other relevant federal agencies, submits to the USITC and to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees a report on each petition that includes a determination of whether or not domestic production of the article that is the subject of the petition exists, and, if such production exists, whether or not a domestic producer of the article objects to the petition. It also includes, any technical changes to the article description that are necessary for purposes of administration when articles are presented for importation. Finally, the Preliminary USITC Report will be issued June 6, 2020 (Issued 150 days after the public posting of MTB requests).
ASA Advocacy is dedicated to being your voice in D.C. and on the Hill. If you have any questions about the process please contact Catherine Treadwell Perry, J.D., Director of Government Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Update on State Bills Being Tracked
New State Activity
- Ohio (HB 360) - To enact section 3318.038 of the Revised Code to require water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains in certain public school buildings.
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