ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Oct 2015In October 2015, the government of the United States of America announced changes to its trade defence rules.
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In a Federal Register notice published on September 1, 2015 (Volume 80, Number 169) the U.S. International Trade Commission adopted a final rule that amends a provision of its Rules of Practice and Procedure concerning the conduct of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews. While the commission noted in this publication that it 'considers this rule to be procedural and therefore excepted from notice-and-comment requirements' that typically apply to government procedures it also observed that the 'amendment is designed to facilitate the collection of information and reduce the burden on petitioning parties by changing the information they need to provide in petitions.' The new regulation is effective October 1, 2015, and is applicable to all petitions filed after October 1, 2015. The regulation responds to the findings of commission staff in a survey of firms that are involved in trade-remedy cases. 'Many survey respondents stated that it is difficult to provide the level of detail requested by the Commission,' according to the Federal Register notice, 'particularly specific dates, quantities, and competing prices. They asserted that because of the level of detail and required research, compiling the information can be time consuming and costly for petitioners.' The commission therefore decided to no longer require transaction-specific lost sales and lost revenue allegation information in a petition.