CITAC CALLS ON COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO SUSPEND ALL COUNTERVAILING DUTY
PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRODUCTS FROM NON-MARKET ECONOMY COUNTRIES
Washington, DC – The Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition (CITAC) delivered a letter to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce, urging the Department to suspend all countervailing duty proceedings against products from “non-market economy” countries in light of a recent decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The decision in GPX v. United States, handed down on December 19, declared that countervailing duties may not be imposed on Non-Market Economy (NME) countries.
“The decision is sweeping in its impact but is not quite final and unappealable,” noted Lewis Leibowitz, counsel to CITAC and a partner in Hogan Lovells LLP. “Appeals and requests for rehearing could take several months; but in the meantime, the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission have ongoing countervailing duty proceedings. Proceedings should be suspended under these extraordinary circumstances to prevent an enormous waste of government and corporate resources. Questionnaires, briefs in the agencies and the courts and related activities should not be required of companies and government officials when the chances are great that such proceedings are contrary to law.”
For a copy of the letter, please contact Caitlin Andrews at 202-828-7637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition (CITAC) is a Washington, DC-based trade organization with one primary objective: to ensure that consuming industries and manufacturers in the United States have access to reliable supplies of globally-priced materials necessary for those industries to produce their products. For additional information, visit www.citac.info or contact Caitlin Andrews at (202) 828-7637 or email@example.com.