2 July 2019
AD/CV Duty Orders on Flexible Magnets Renewed. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on raw flexible magnets from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.
AD Duty Order on Steel Nails Renewed. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on steel nails from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.
Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigation of Aluminium Wire. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of aluminium wire from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 3 October and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 10 October; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 11 October; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 15 October; the hearing will be held on 17 October; post-hearing briefs are due by 24 October; and final comments are due by 15 November.
Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Hot-Rolled Steel Products. The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on hot-rolled steel products from mainland China. The staff report was placed in the non-public record on 2 July and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 11 July and may not contain new factual information.
Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Iron Pipe Fittings and Steel Threaded Rod. The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty order on malleable iron pipe fittings and steel threaded rod 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 31 July to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 12 September. 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.
Tenth Annual Compilation of Reports on Textile and Apparel Imports from Mainland China. The USITC released on 28 June its tenth annual compilation of bi-weekly reports on the volume, value, unit value and import market share of imports from mainland China that were subject to the provisions of the 2005 U.S.-China Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Trade in Textiles and Apparel. The data in this report is shown on an annual and quarterly basis by category and by Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the U.S. 10-digit subheadings. By category, annual data are provided from 2012 through 2018 and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2017 through fourth quarter 2018. By ten-digit HTSUS subheading, annual data are provided from 2016 through 2018 and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2017 through fourth quarter 2018.
New IPR Probe on Food Serving Equipment. The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain food serving equipment and components thereof from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of misappropriation of trade secrets or unfair competition through notorious interference with contractual relationships. The scope of the investigation covers commercial kitchen equipment and components thereof for use in restaurants, bars, cafés, cafeterias or the like. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.
Remedy Comments Sought in IPR Probe of Electrical Connectors. In its Section 337 investigation of certain electrical connectors, components thereof and products containing the same from various sources, including mainland China, the USITC’s presiding administrative law judge has found a violation involving certain patent claims. The USITC is inviting public comments by 8 July on (i) the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered if a violation is found, (ii) the effects of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers, and (iii) the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review any USITC-ordered remedy. The USITC has also extended the target date for completion of the investigation to 22 August.
Section 337 Investigation of Strength-Training Systems Terminated. The USITC instituted on 4 October 2018 a Section 337 investigation of certain strength-training systems and components thereof from mainland China. The complainant and respondent recently jointly moved to terminate the proceeding in its entirety based on a consent order stipulation and proposed consent order. The administrative law judge granted the joint motion and the USITC has decided not to review that decision.