8 April 2016
Miscellaneous Canadian and Latin American AD/CV Actions on Chinese Products
Canada Initiates AD/CV Investigations on Large Diameter Steel Line Pipe
The Canada Border Services Agency has initiated separate AD and CV investigations of certain mainland Chinese welded large diameter carbon and alloy steel line pipe with an outside diameter greater than 24 inches (609.6 mm) and less than or equal to 60 inches (1,524 mm), regardless of wall thickness, length, surface finish (coated or uncoated), end finish (plain end or bevelled end), or stencilling and certification (including multiple-stencilled/multiple-certified line pipe for oil and gas transmission and other applications), classified under HTSCA 7305.11.0021, 7305.11.0029, 7305.12.0020, 7305.19.0021 and 7305.19.0029. The CBSA is expected to issue its preliminary determination by 22 June.
As required by Canadian law, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal has commenced a concurrent preliminary injury inquiry to determine whether the evidence discloses a reasonable indication that the alleged dumping and subsidising of the subject merchandise have caused injury or retardation or are threatening to cause injury to a Canadian industry. Submissions by parties opposed to the complaint are due by 22 April. These submissions should include evidence (e.g., documents and sources that support the factual statements in the submissions) and arguments concerning the questions of:
- whether there are goods in Canada, other than those identified in the CBSA’s statement of reasons for initiating the investigation, that are like goods to the allegedly dumped and subsidised goods;
- whether there is more than one class of allegedly dumped and subsidised goods;
- which domestic producers of like goods comprise the domestic industry; and
- whether the information before the CITT discloses a reasonable indication that the alleged dumping and subsidising of the goods have caused injury or retardation or threaten to cause injury.
Parties should note that the CITT does not consider exclusion requests during a preliminary injury inquiry and that none should therefore be filed at this stage. Should the matter proceed to a final inquiry phase, particulars regarding the schedule for filing exclusion requests will be included in a notice of inquiry. The CITT is scheduled to issue its preliminary injury determination on 24 May.
Canada Issues AD/CV Duty Orders on Steel Line Pipe
The CITT on 29 March issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of mainland Chinese carbon and alloy steel line pipe, welded or seamless, having an outside diameter from 2.375 inches (60.3 mm) up to and including 24 inches (609.6 mm), including line pipe meeting or supplied to meet any one or several of API 5L, CSA Z245.1, ISO 3183, ASTM A333, ASTM A106, ASTM A53-B or their equivalents, in all grades, whether or not meeting specifications for other end uses (e.g. single-, dual- or multiple-certified, for use in oil and gas, piling pipe or other applications), and regardless of end finish (plain ends, bevelled ends, threaded ends, or threaded and coupled ends), surface finish (coated or uncoated), wall thickness or length, excluding galvanised line pipe and stainless steel line pipe (containing 10.5 percent or more by weight of chromium), classified under HTSCA 7304.19.0011, 7304.19.0012, 7304.19.0021, 7304.19.0022, 7305.11.0011, 7305.11.0019, 7305.12.0011, 7305.12.0019, 7305.19.0011, 7305.19.0019, 7306.19.0010 and 7306.19.0090.
Excluded from this finding are unfinished seamless carbon or alloy steel line pipe in the form of mother tubes having outside diameters of 184, 197, 210, 235, 260, 286, 328, 350, 368, 377, 394, 402, 419, 426, 450, 475, 480, 500, 521, 530, 560, 585 or 610 mm, in wall thicknesses from 9 mm to 110 mm and in lengths ranging from 7.72 m to 15.24 m, not stencilled as meeting any line pipe product specification, but imported for use in the production (and not solely for finishing) of seamless line pipe made to any one or several of API 5L, CSAZ245.1, ISO 3183, ASTM A333, ASTM A335, ASTM A106, ASTM A53 or their equivalents.
As a result of the CITT’s determination, the CBSA will assess AD and CV duties on all appropriate entries using the rates shown in the table below.
Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. / Baosteel America Inc.
Hengyang Steel Tube Group International Trading Inc. / Hengyang Valin Steel Tube Co. Ltd. / Hengyang Valin MPM Co. Ltd.
Huludao City Steel Pipe Industrial Co. Ltd.
Jiangsu Changbao Steel Tube Co. Ltd.
Jiangsu Valin Xigang Special Steel Co. Ltd.
Tianjin Huilitong Steel Tube Co. Ltd. / Tianjin Longshenghua Import & Export Trade Co. Ltd.
Wuxi Huayou Special Steel Co. Ltd.
Yangzhou Lontrin Steel Tube Co. Ltd.
Canada Begins Sunset Review of AD/CV Duty Orders on Copper Pipe Fittings
Canadian authorities have begun an expiry (i.e., sunset) review of the AD and CV duty orders on mainland Chinese solder joint pressure pipe fittings and solder joint drainage, waste and vent pipe fittings made of cast copper alloy, wrought copper alloy or wrought copper, for use in heating, plumbing, air conditioning and refrigeration applications, classified under HTSCA 7412.10.0011, 7412.10.0019, 7412.10.0090, 7412.20.0011, 7412.20.0012, 7412.20.0019 and 7412.20.0090.
The CBSA will accept questionnaire responses and other information from interested parties through 28 April and will issue its determination by 20 July. In the event of a positive determination, the CITT will determine by 28 November whether the continued or resumed dumping is likely to result in injury or retardation. The CITT will hold a public hearing in connection with this review on 11 October.
Argentina Initiates AD Investigation on Spring Washers
Argentinean authorities have initiated an AD investigation on mainland Chinese steel spring washers classified under NCM 7318.21.00. Argentinean Customs will begin requiring certificates of origin for subject merchandise from 28 June.
Argentina Renews AD Duty Order on Steel Cutlery
Argentina has renewed for an additional five years the AD duty order on mainland Chinese stainless steel cutlery classified under NCM 8211.10.00, 8211.91.00, 8215.20.00 and 8215.99.10. Subject merchandise will be subject to an amended AD duty of 146.46 percent, down from 1,450.21 percent.
Argentina Begins Changed Circumstances Review of AD Duty Order on PET Granules
Argentina has initiated a changed circumstances review of the AD duty order on poly(ethylene terephthalate) in granules, with an intrinsic viscosity of 0.70 or more but not more than 0.88 decilitres per gram, classified under NCM 3907.60.00. Imports of subject merchandise have been subject to an AD duty of eight percent since October 2013.
Brazil Broadens Scope of AD Duty Order on Higher-end Steel Cutlery
Brazilian authorities have issued the final results of their scope review of the AD duty order on mainland Chinese higher-end stainless steel cutlery classified under NCM 8211.10.00, 8211.91.00, 8215.20.00 and 8215.99.10. Brazil has determined that high-end stainless steel cutlery not classified as forks, spoons or knives, including kitchen utensils used to cut, mix, serve or bring food to the mouth, falls within the scope of the order.
Brazil May Suspend/Modify AD Duty Order on PVC Resins
MDIC has established a technical working group to assess whether the AD duty order on mainland Chinese polyvinyl chloride resins classified under NCM 3904.10.10 should be suspended or modified for public interest reasons. Imports of subject merchandise currently face a 21.6 percent AD duty.