The U.S. International Trade Commission has been tasked by lawmakers in Congress to identify the products needed for the U.S. to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide trade-related information for them, including their source countries, tariff classifications, and applicable rates of duty. The Commission’s report is expected to be delivered by no later April 30.
Purpose of the Investigation
The investigation, COVID-19 Related Goods: U.S. Imports and Tariffs, was requested by the House of Representatives’ Ways and Mean Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.
Lawmakers called for the independent panel to prepare a report that will “assist the Committees and USTR in proposing or taking appropriate and responsive actions.”
Last month, the United States Trade Representative established a process to receive and consider comments for provisional modifications to tariffs imposed on goods that may assist in the public health and clinical response to the current pandemic. Findings from the ITC’s report will help guide the USTR in this regard.
Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal say they intend to make the Commission's report available to the public and have asked the ITC to publish any relevant (non-confidential) data on its website through June 30, 2020.