6 Aug 2019
Mid-Term Review of Safeguard Measures on Solar Cells Gets Underway
The USITC has initiated a mid-term review of the safeguard measures currently in place on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, from most sources. Subject merchandise currently faces an additional 25 percent tariff, with that tariff slated to fall to 20 percent as of 7 February 2020 and 15 percent as of 7 February 2021 and to be eliminated altogether on 7 February 2022. Imports of CSPV cells up to 2.5 gigawatts per year are exempt from the safeguard measures.
The statutorily required review is aimed at monitoring developments with respect to the domestic industry, including the progress and specific efforts made by workers and firms in the domestic industry to make a positive adjustment to import competition. Persons wishing to participate in this review as parties must file an entry of appearance by 22 August. A public hearing will be held on 5 December, with requests to appear at the hearing due by 2 December and a pre-hearing conference to be held on 4 December. Pre-hearing briefs are due by 26 November and post-hearing briefs by 12 December. A report on the results of the review must be submitted to the president and Congress by 7 February 2020.
Steel Trailer Wheels Will Face AD/CV Duties
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of steel trailer wheels from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue AD and CV duty orders on imports of subject merchandise. In light of the USITC’s negative findings concerning critical circumstances, such imports will not face retroactive AD or CV duties.
AD/CV Duty Orders on Woven Sacks Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD and CV duty orders on laminated woven sacks from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.
AD Duty Orders on Garment Hangers, Persulfates and Steel Flat Products Renewed
The USITC has issued separate final affirmative injury determinations in its sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on steel wire garment hangers, persulfates, and hot-rolled carbon steel flat products from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.
Full Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Graphite Electrodes
The USITC has determined to conduct a full sunset review of the AD duty order on small diameter graphite electrodes from mainland China. As opposed to expedited reviews, full reviews include a public hearing and the issuance of questionnaires.
Remedy Comments Sought in IPR Probe of Pickup Truck Bed Cover Systems
In its Section 337 investigation of certain pickup truck folding bed cover systems and components thereof from mainland China, the USITC is inviting public comments by 12 August 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.