On December 26, 2018, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) published in the Federal Register a final rule adopting the interim rule published on September 30, 2016. The rule concerns the submission and consideration of petitions for duty suspensions and reductions under the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Act of 2016 (19 U.S.C. 1332 note; the Act). Section 3(b)(5) of the Act directs the ITC to prescribe and publish, in the Federal Register and on a publicly available internet website of the ITC, procedures to be complied with by members of the public in submitting petitions for duty suspensions and reductions under section 3(b)(1)(A) of the Act.

The ITC gained considerable experience in applying the interim rule to petitions submitted and considered with respect to its first report. Based on that experience, the ITC may propose several amendments to this final rule in the near future, with the intent that the amendments be in place before October 15, 2019. Should the ITC propose changes to Part 220, it expects to do so by first issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments, and after considering those comments, by adopting a final rule.