On October 25, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a request for comments and notice of public hearing [Docket Number USTR–2017–0020] with respect to the process to be followed after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) makes recommendations to the President. The ITC has determined that certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing an article that is like or directly competitive with the imported articles. The Commissioners who voted in the affirmative are now conducting a process to recommend a safeguard measure for the President to apply. The USTR, on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is announcing a process so that, once the ITC makes its recommendation, domestic producers, importers, exporters, and other interested parties may submit their views and evidence on the appropriateness of the recommended safeguard measure and whether it would be in the public interest. USTR also invites interested parties to participate in a public hearing regarding this matter.
Written comments are due November 20, 2017 at midnight (EST). Written responses to the initial round of comments are due November 29, 2017 at midnight (EST). The TPSC will hold a public hearing on December 9, 2017 at 9:30 am (EST). See the Federal Register notice for details on how to make submissions.