Monday, December 2, 2013

FTC Extends Deadline for Wool Comments

On November 20, 2013, the Embassy of Australia contacted the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") on behalf of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations ("FAWO") to seek an eight (8) day extension of the comment deadline until December 3, 2013. It explained that the FAWO will be participating in a meeting of the International Wool Textile Organisation ("IWTO") in Guangzhou, China, on November 25-26, 2013, to discuss the proposed amendments. FAWO contends that the record will benefit from comments informed by the meeting deliberations given the role of the IWTO in representing wool industry stakeholders at an international level.

The FTC has determined that FAWO's input would likely assist the Commission in evaluating the proposed amendments to the Wool Rules. Moreover, the requested short extension of the comment period will not substantially delay the rulemaking process. The Commission recognizes that its NPRM addresses complex issues and believes that extending the comment period to facilitate a more complete record outweighs any harm that might result from an eight (8) day delay. Accordingly, the Commission is extending the comment period for eight (8) days until December 3, 2013.

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