8 Oct 2019
Process to Modify HTSUS Underway. As required by statute, the USITC has initiated an investigation that will lead to recommendations to the president on necessary modifications to the Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the United States to implement recent amendments to the global Harmonised System. The recommendations will reflect the package of amendments approved on 28 June by the World Customs Organisation. The USITC expects to issue preliminary draft modifications to the HTSUS for public comment in March 2020. Following the public comment period, the USITC will finalise the necessary modifications to the HTSUS and submit a report to the president in October 2020.
New IPR Probes of Collapsible and Portable Furniture. The USITC has initiated an investigation to determine whether imports of certain collapsible and portable furniture from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The complainant requests that after these investigations the USITC issue limited exclusion orders as well as cease and desist orders.