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New AD/CV Probes of Mainland Chinese Fluid End Blocks

The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated the preliminary phase of antidumping and countervailing injury investigations of mainland Chinese fluid end blocks classified under HTSUS 7218.91.00, 7218.99.00, 7224.90.00, 7326.19.00, 7326.90.86 and 8413.91.90. These products are typically used in the manufacture or service of hydraulic pumps. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 2 January, a conference will be held on 9 January, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 14 January, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 31 January.

The AD/CV petition covers (i) cut-to-length FEBs with a height of 8 to 40 inches, a width of 8 to 40 inches, and a length of 11 to 75 inches and (ii) strings of FEBs with a height of 8 to 40 inches, a width of 8 to 40 inches, and a length up to 360 inches. They have a tensile strength of at least 70 KSI and a hardness of at least 140 HBW. FEBs may be unfinished or have undergone one or more of the following finishing operations: (i) milling one or more flat surfaces; (ii) contour machining to custom shapes or dimensions; (iii) drilling or boring holes; (iv) heat treating; (v) painting, varnishing or coating; (vi) threading; and/or (vii) the attachment of flanges, valves, seals or connectors.

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