TRC assists its clients in crafting the most effective defense in these proceedings through use of our economic and analytical expertise. Our services cover a wide range of assistance including responding to the questionnaires, preparation of the written briefs, post-hearing briefs, participation in the hearings and verification if needed.

Safeguard investigations are proceedings in which the authorities seek to impose emergency measures to limit imports temporarily, designed to "safeguard” domestic industries. The administering authorities analyze two key factors in safeguard investigations. These factors are whether or not a domestic industry is injured or threatened with injury and whether this injury is caused by a surge in imports.

In most instances, authorities request detailed financial, sales and cost data going back several years in these investigations. TRC consultants assist company staff to gather this data in a reconciled manner and suggest alternative methodologies in the absence of certain required data. A wholesome verifiable approach in putting together the information is crucial as the submitted information may be subject to verification by the administering authorities. TRC consultants accompany company personnel in such verifications, if conducted.

TRC consultants perform a detailed review of the injury allegations made by the complainants and cross check the accuracy of these claims. If applicable, we develop factual support for alternative causes of the alleged injury and provide our own analysis of whether a surge has happened and whether a surge caused the alleged injury. In this process, TRC also performs a critical evaluation of the authority’s findings to identify any errors including the allocation of quotas, where applicable.