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USITC Notices

Initiation of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Steel Sheet and Strip. The USITC has initiated AD and CV injury investigations of mainland Chinese stainless steel sheet and strip classified under HTSUS 7219.13.0031, 7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, 7219.13.0081, 7219.14.0030, 7219.14.0065, 7219.14.0090, 7219.23.0030, 7219.23.0060, 7219.24.0030, 7219.24.0060, 7219.32.0005, 7219.32.0020, 7219.32.0025, 7219.32.0035, 7219.32.0036, 7219.32.0038, 7219.32.0042, 7219.32.0044, 7219.32.0045, 7219.32.0060, 7219.33.0005, 7219.33.0020, 7219.33.0025, 7219.33.0035, 7219.33.0036, 7219.33.0038, 7219.33.0042, 7219.33.0044, 7219.33.0045, 7219.33.0070, 7219.33.0080, 7219.34.0005, 7219.34.0020, 7219.34.0025, 7219.34.0030, 7219.34.0035, 7219.34.0050, 7219.35.0005, 7219.35.0015, 7219.35.0030, 7219.35.0035, 7219.35.0050, 7219.90.0010, 7219.90.0020, 7219.90.0025, 7219.90.0060, 7219.90.0080, 7220.12.1000, 7220.12.5000, 7220.20.1010, 7220.20.1015, 7220.20.1060, 7220.20.1080, 7220.20.6005, 7220.20.6010, 7220.20.6015, 7220.20.6060, 7220.20.6080, 7220.20.7005, 7220.20.7010, 7220.20.7015, 7220.20.7060, 7220.20.7080, 7220.20.8000, 7220.20.9030, 7220.20.9060, 7220.90.0010, 7220.90.0015, 7220.90.0060 and 7220.90.0080.  

The schedule for the preliminary phase of these investigations is as follows: return questionnaires are due by 29 February, a conference will be held on 4 March, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 9 March, and the USITC will issue its preliminary determination by 28 March (a vote has been scheduled for 25 March).

AD/CV Investigations on Off-the-Road Tyres Terminated. The USTIC has issued preliminary negative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of certain new pneumatic off-the-road tyres, classified under HTSUS subheadings 4011.20.1025, 4011.20.1035, 4011.20.5030, 4011.20.5050, 4011.61.0000, 4011.62.0000, 4011.63.0000, 4011.69.0050, 4011.92.0000, 4011.93.4000, 4011.93.8000, 4011.94.4000, 4011.94.8000, 8431.49.9038, 8431.49.9090, 8709.90.0020, 8716.90.1020, 4011.99.4550, 4011.99.8550, 8424.90.9080, 8431.20.0000, 8431.39.0010, 8431.49.1090, 8431.49.9030, 8432.90.0005, 8432.90.0015, 8432.90.0030, 8432.90.0080, 8433.90.5010, 8503.00.9560, 8708.70.0500, 8708.70.2500, 8708.70.4530, 8716.90.5035 and 8716.90.5055 from mainland China. As a result, these proceedings have been terminated without the imposition of any measures.

Final Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determination on Uncoated Paper. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigation of certain uncoated paper classified under HTSUS subheadings 4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, 4802.57.4000, 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080 from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue AD and CV duty orders on imports of subject merchandise.

AD/CV Duty Orders on Certain Steel Pipe Renewed. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD and CV duty orders on seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line and pressure pipe from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.

Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Magnesium Metal and Cooking Ware. The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on magnesium metal and porcelain-on-steel cooking ware from mainland China. The reviews will seek to determine whether revocation of these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to a domestic industry within a reasonably foreseeable time. Interested parties must respond to the applicable notice of initiation by 2 March to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 April. The USITC will then assess the adequacy of interested party responses to determine whether to conduct a full or expedited sunset review. As opposed to expedited reviews, full reviews include a public hearing and the issuance of questionnaires.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD and CV Injury Investigation of Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigation of certain corrosion-resistant steel products from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 12 May and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 19 May; requests to appear at the hearing must be submitted by 20 May; the pre-hearing conference will take place on 24 May; the hearing will be held on 26 May; and post-hearing briefs are due by 3 June.

Full Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Wooden Furniture. The USITC has decided to conduct a full sunset review of the AD duty orders on wooden bedroom furniture from mainland China. The review will seek to determine whether revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to a domestic industry within a reasonably foreseeable time.

New Section 337 Investigation on Surgical Stapler Devices. The USITC has launched a Section 337 patent infringement investigation of certain surgical stapler devices and components thereof made in mainland China. The products at issue in the investigation are surgical stapler devices for use in abdominal, gynaecologic, paediatric and thoracic surgeries. The complainant is requesting the USITC to  issue a limited exclusion order as well as a cease and desist order.

Remedy Comments in Section 337 Investigation of Certain Footwear. The USITC has decided to partially review the initial violation determination issued by the administrative law judge in charge of the Section 337 proceeding on certain footwear from mainland China and other locations. The USITC is seeking comments by 23 February on the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered. Reply submissions are due by 1 March. If some sort of remedy is contemplated, the USITC will consider the effect that an exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders would have on (1) the public health and welfare, (2) competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, (3) U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation and (4) U.S. consumers.

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