19 Feb 2019
Updated Schedule for Investigation on Economic Impact of MTB Tariff Suspensions and Reductions. The USITC has released an updated schedule for the on-going investigation of the effects on the U.S. economy of the duty suspensions and reductions in the miscellaneous trade bill enacted into law on 13 September 2018. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on 8 April in lieu of 5 March. Requests to appear at this hearing are now due by 18 March, pre-hearing briefs and statements must be filed by 21 March, post-hearing briefs and statements are due by 15 April, and all other written submissions are due by 23 April. The USITC’s final report will be delivered to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees by 18 October, rather than by the previously announced 13 September.
New Section 337 Investigation on Pickup Truck Bed Cover Systems. The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain pickup truck folding bed cover systems and components thereof from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent and trademark infringement. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a temporary exclusion and cease and desist orders and a permanent general exclusion order (or, alternately, a permanent limited exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders).
Deadline to Complete Section 337 Probe on Industrial Automation Systems Extended. The USITC has extended from 25 February to 8 April the target date to complete the on-going Section 337 investigation of certain industrial automation systems and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China, including controls systems, controllers, visualisation hardware, motion and motor control systems, networking equipment, safety devices and power supplies.