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USITC Notices

PTFE Resin Will Not Face AD Duties
The USITC has issued a final negative injury determination in its AD investigation of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from mainland China. As a result, this proceeding has been terminated without the imposition of any measures.

Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Steel Kegs, Aluminium Wire and Cable
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of (1) refillable steel kegs and (2) aluminium wire and cable. As a result, the DOC will continue its AD and CV duty investigations of imports of subject merchandise. The DOC is scheduled to issue its preliminary CV determinations on or about 14 December (steel kegs) and 17 December (aluminium wire and cable) and its preliminary AD determinations on or about  27 February 2019 (steel kegs) and 28 February 2019 (aluminium wire and cable).

Preliminary Affirmative AD Injury Determination on Mattresses
The USITC has issued a preliminary affirmative injury determination in its AD investigation of mattresses from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will continue its AD duty investigation of imports of subject merchandise, with a preliminary determination scheduled for about 26 February 2019.

AD Duty Order on Silicomanganese Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on silicomanganese from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.

Initiation of AD/CV Sunset Reviews of Steel Pipe
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe 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 notice of initiation by 3 December to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 January 2019. The USITC will then assess the adequacy of interested party responses to determine whether to conduct a full or expedited sunset review.

Public Interest Comments Sought in Section 337 Probe of Industrial Automation Systems. In its Section 337 investigation of certain industrial automation systems and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China, including control systems, controllers, visualisation hardware, motion and motor control systems, networking equipment, safety devices and power supplies, the USITC is soliciting by comments by 16 November on public interest issues raised by the administrative law judge’s recommendation to issue a general exclusion order and a cease and desist order against one defaulted respondent.

Comments should address whether the issuance of these orders would affect the public health and welfare in the United States, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, or U.S. consumers. In particular, the USITC is interested in comments that: (i) explain how the articles potentially subject to the recommended orders are used in the United States; (ii) identify any public health, safety or welfare concerns in the United States relating to the recommended orders; (iii) identify like or directly competitive articles that the complainant, its licensees or third parties make in the United States that could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded; (iv) indicate whether the complainant, its licensees and/or third-party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to the recommended orders within a commercially reasonable time; and (v) explain how the orders would impact consumers in the United States.

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