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Mon April 17, 2017

The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) has established a new process for the submission and consideration of petitions for temporary duty suspensions and reductions. Under the Act, Congress has tasked the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) with collecting and evaluating these petitions. If enacted by Congress, the tariffs on these products would be eliminated or reduced for a period of three years. PLASTICS was asked by the Department of Commerce to report to its members the potential tariff change on the item below. If your company would benefit from such tariff relief or are domestic producers who would be harmed by this tariff relief, please contact the Department of Commerce at CommerceMTBs@trade.gov to register support or opposition to this petition. Please note that your company’s response may be listed in a report to Congress that is available to the public.

Petition No.

Petitioner Proposed Article Description

966

Articles of plastics, not elsewhere specified or enumerated (provided for in subheading 3926.90.99)

 

As part of this process, the USITC needs the following information:

  1. Does your company engage in production, or imminent production, in the United States of an article that is identical to, or like or directly competitive with, an article covered in the above petition?
    • If so, does your company object to the petition for duty suspension or reduction?
  2. Is your company an importer of an article listed above or otherwise likely to utilize, or benefit directly from the utilization of, an article listed above?
    • If so, please provide an estimate of your annual imports, either in dollar value or as a percentage of total imports. Any estimates you provide will be treated as confidential business information.
  3. If you answered yes to either question, are you willing to be listed in the publicly-available report to Congress? If not, your response is still greatly appreciated, and will be kept confidential.

Please indicate your answers to the questions above as soon as possible, and if you have any comments on the petitions. Email or other written correspondence is preferred. Formal objections from domestic producers will block further movement on the proposed tariff relief, while documented support from additional beneficiaries will greatly increase the likelihood of passage of the bill. Response is voluntary, but greatly appreciated.