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Miscellaneous Canadian and Latin American AD/CV Actions on Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese Products

Canada Issues Preliminary Determination in AD/CV Investigations of Fabricated Industrial Steel Components
On 10 November, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal issued a preliminary injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of certain mainland Chinese fabricated industrial steel components. The proceedings cover fabricated structural steel and plate-work components of buildings, process equipment, process enclosures, access structures, process structures, and structures for conveyancing and material handling, including steel beams, columns, braces, frames, railings, stairs, trusses, conveyor belt frame structures and galleries, bents, bins, chutes, hoppers, ductwork, process tanks, pipe racks and apron feeders, whether assembled or partially assembled into modules, or unassembled, for use in structures for (i) oil and gas extraction, conveyance and processing; (ii) mining extraction, conveyance, storage and processing; (iii) industrial power generation facilities; (iv) petrochemical plants; (v) cement plants; (vi) fertilizer plants; and (vii) industrial metal smelters. Excluded from the proceedings are electrical transmission towers; rolled steel products not further worked; steel beams not further worked; oil pump jacks; solar, wind and tidal power generation structures; power generation facilities with a rated capacity below 100 megawatts; goods classified as “prefabricated buildings” under HTSCA 9406.00.90.30; structural steel for use in manufacturing facilities used in applications other than those described above; and products covered by the orders on certain fasteners, structural tubing, carbon steel plate and steel grating.

Subject merchandise is classified under HTSCA 7216.99.0010, 7216.99.0099, 7308.40.0090, 7308.90.0092, 8428.31.0000, 8428.39.0031, 8428.39.0090, 7216.99.0020, 7301.20.0010, 7308.90.0060, 7308.90.0099, 8428.32.0090, 8428.39.0034, 7216.99.0030, 7301.20.0020, 7308.90.0081, 7326.90.9099, 8428.33.0090, 8428.39.0039, 7216.99.0091, 7308.40.0010, 7308.90.0089, 8421.99.9090, 8428.39.0020 and 8428.39.0080. The Canada Border Services Agency is expected to issue its preliminary determination by 12 December.

Canada Extends Preliminary Determination Deadline in AD Probe of Rebar from Hong Kong
The CBSA has extended from 17 November 2016 to 3 January 2017 the deadline to issue its preliminary determination in the AD investigation of hot‑rolled deformed steel concrete reinforcing bar in straight lengths or coils, commonly identified as rebar, in various diameters up to and including 56.4 millimetres, in various finishes, excluding plain round bar and fabricated rebar products, classified under HTSCA 7213.10.0000, 7214.20.0000, 7215.90.0090 and 7227.90.0090, from Hong Kong. Also excluded from the scope of this proceeding is 10 mm diameter (10M) rebar produced to meet the requirements of CSA G30 18.09 (or equivalent standards) that is coated to meet the requirements of epoxy standard ASTM A775/A 775M 04a (or equivalent standards), in lengths from one foot (30.48 cm) up to and including eight feet (243.84 cm). A deadline extension was required, according to CBSA, due to the complexity and novelty of the issues presented by the investigation.

Mexico Renews AD Duty Order on Certain Steel Pipe
Mexico recently issued the final results of its sunset review of the AD duty order on mainland Chinese steel pipe (excluding stainless steel pipe), with an external nominal diameter between five and 16 inches (141.3 to 406.4 mm), classified under HTSMX 7304.19.02, 7304.19.99, 7304.39.06 and 7304.39.99. The ministry decided to renew this order for an additional five years and maintain the AD measures on subject merchandise at US$1,252 per metric tonne.

Argentina Renews AD Duty Order on Lift Winches
Argentina has renewed for a period of five years its AD duty order on mainland Chinese lift winches powered by an electric motor, with a pulley and braking mechanism, with a power capacity between 2.25 and 37.5 kilowatts, classified under NCM 8425.31.10. Imports of subject merchandise will continue to face an AD duty of 149 percent.

Brazil Excludes Certain Bluetooth Speakers from AD Duty Order on Loudspeakers
Brazilian authorities have determined to exclude five specific types of Bluetooth wireless speakers from the scope of the AD duty order on mainland Chinese loudspeakers classified under NCM 8518.21.00 and 8518.22.00. These speakers are made by Altec Lansing for use in cellular phones, tablets and computers.

Brazil Denies Appeal in AD Probe of Automotive Safety Glass
Brazilian authorities have rejected a motion by three mainland Chinese companies for CAMEX to reconsider its June 2016 preliminary affirmative determination in the AD probe of mainland Chinese tempered and laminated automotive safety glass classified under NCM 7007.11.00, 7007.19.00, 7007.21.00, 7007.29.00 and 8708.29.99. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are: (i) armoured glass; (ii) tempered and laminated glass for motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, tricycles, tractors and certain other vehicles; and (iii) electric sunroofs for automobiles and light-duty commercial vehicles.

Colombia Begins AD Sunset Reviews on Steel Chain and Aluminium Profiles
Colombia has launched separate sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on mainland Chinese (1) galvanised and polished linked chains, grade 30, of 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 and 1/2 inches and diameters ranging from 2.9 to 12.7 millimetres, classified under HTSCO 7315.82.0000; and (2) extruded aluminium profiles classified under HTSCO 7604.21.00.00, 7604.29.10.00, 7604.29.20.00, 7608.10.90.00 and 7608.20.00.00. These reviews could result in either the revocation or continuation of these orders.

Brazil Announces Schedule for AD Sunset Review on Vacuum Flasks
Brazilian authorities launched about four months ago a sunset review of the AD duty order on mainland Chinese vacuum flasks. Imports of subject merchandise have been subject to an AD duty of 47 percent since July 1999. The next steps in this proceeding are as follows: closure of evidential phase of investigation (24 January), deadline for data and information contained in the file (13 February), issuance of technical note with essential facts under analysis to be considered in the final determination (28 February), deadline for presentation of final submissions by interested parties and end of instruction phase (20 March), and issuance by DECOM of final determination (4 April).

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