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1. What is the background of establishing ITC?
To promote trade globalization and liberalization, the government promulgated the Foreign Trade Act on February 5, 1993. At the same time, in order to help domestic industry to obtain relief and undertake necessary restructuring when injured as a result of imports, Article 18 of the Foreign Trade Act was enacted in accordance with Article 19 of the GATT, giving the Ministry of Economic Affairs the power to establish the International Trade Commission (ITC) to deal with industrial injury investigations. On July 1, 1994, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has been formally established in accordance with “The Organizational Regulations of the International Trade Commission.”

2. What is the ITC's goal?
The ITC has the responsibility of injury investigations for countervailing and antidumping cases in accordance with Article 19 of the Foreign Trade Act. The ITC's goal is to provide the domestic industries about appropriate safeguard measures that may be used to deal with import competition.

3. What is the organization of the Commission?
I. Commission Meeting:
(1) A Vice Minister of Economic Affairs serves concurrently as Chairman of the Commission. All of the Commissioners work on a part-time basis, and are appointed by the ITC Chairman. The Commissioners serve a term of three years and may be appointed to a second term. They include: The Minister of Economic Affairs;
(2) The Deputy Minister of Finance;
(3) The Deputy Minister of National Development Council of the Executive Yuan;
(4) The Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture of the Executive Yuan;
(5) The Deputy Minister of Labor;
(6) Eight to ten other Commissioners who have expertise in industry, economics, trade, finance, taxation or law.
II.Administrative Departments:
There is an Executive Secretary to handle administrative affairs, and a Deputy Executive Secretary to provide assistance. There is an Investigation Division, a Legal Affairs Office, and a Secretariat. ITC's Personnel and Accounting staff are assigned from the MOEA Personnel and Accounting Offices.

4. What are the duties of the Commission Meeting?
The Commission convenes to discharge the following responsibilities:
(1) To decide whether a domestic industry has been injured.
(2) To recommend whether or not an import relief measure is to be adopted.
(3) To recommend whether or not to terminate, modify, or extend import relief measures.
(4) To review the ITC rules and regulations.
(5) To consider and act on proposals brought up in a Commission Meeting.
(6) To decide other matters as appropriate.

5. What are the duties of the administrative departments?
Affairs handled by the Investigation Division, Legal Affairs Office, Secretariat, Assigned Personnel Staff and Assigned Accounting Staff are as follows:
(1) Injury investigation for import relief cases regarding goods, textiles and clothing.
(2) Injury investigation for countervailing and antidumping cases.
(3) Consultation, counsel and service on import relief cases regarding goods, textiles and clothing.
(4) Research on the matters of import relief regarding goods, textiles and clothing.
(5) Drafting of the rules and regulations of trade remedy.
(6) Research, handling and coordination on dispute settlement cases regarding trade remedy.
(7) Research, handling and coordination on the early warning system for trade remedy.
(8) Handling contacts for and coordinating forum on trade remedy.
(9) Participation in international cooperative actions related to trade remedy.
(10)Research, documentation, filing, procurement and management.
(11)Handling of matters regarding personnel management and accounting

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