The only thing that has been certain this entire Section 201 trade case process has been the timeline of when decisions would be made. Well, that might have changed too. SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper sent an email late yesterday saying that the U.S. Trade Representative sent a letter to the International Trade Commission asking for a supplemental report on imports. Not a gamechanger, but we may need to wait longer on a decision as a result. From Hopper’s email:
According to our legal team’s analysis, this call for a report may alter the overall timeline of the case proceedings. The ITC will have 30 days to complete the report, with a deadline to deliver by December 27, 2017. The statute dictates that the President must issue his decision 30 days after receiving such a report, meaning that the final determination may not take place until January 26, 2018. Note that the President can still take final action on this case at any time – this development only extends his time to act as late as January 26.
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