ITC Publishes Changes to Rules of Practice and Procedure
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued a Notice of Final Rulemaking in the Federal Register that will amend the ITC's Rules of Practice and Procedure regarding antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigations as well as certain safeguard and market disruption proceedings.
The following is a summary of the announced changes to the ITC's Rules of Practice and Procedure: (a) parties will be required to file prehearing briefs no later than five business days before the hearing, rather than four business days; (b) parties will be required to file in camera requests no later than seven business days prior to the hearing and any comments to those requests within two business days after the filing of the request; (c) parties will be required to serve in camera requests and comments to those requests by hand-delivery or next-day service; (d) The ITC will no longer require clerical or other staff to file an APO application with Commission but instead sign a form maintained by an authorized APO applicant (this is a significant change from current practice); (e) petitions filed after 12 noon will be deemed to be filed the following business day; and (f) parties will be required to file new NAFTA APO applications in NAFTA appeals. The effective date of these amendments is March 24, 2005. The Federal Register notice can be viewed at the following link: a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-3292.htm.