In a Federal Register Notice published on September 30, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced it was adopting interim rules that will amend the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure and establish a new part governing the submission and consideration of petitions for duty suspensions and reductions under the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016.

The USITC published a petition system overview with the following timeline for MTB on its dedicated MTB web page:

  • October 14, 2016 – Opening of 60 day window for submitting petitions.
  • January 2017 – Official publication of petitions on USITC’s website and start of 45-day comment period.
  • Mid-2017 – USITC delivers preliminary report to Congress.
  • Mid-2017 – USITC delivers final report to Congress.

The next opportunity to petition will not occur until 2019.