8 June 2018
New AD/CV Probes of Steel Propane Cylinders
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of steel propane cylinders classified under HTSUS 7311.00.0060 and 7311.00.0090 from mainland China. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 5 June, a conference will be held on 12 June, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 15 June, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 5 July.
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Quartz Surface Products
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of quartz surface products from mainland China. 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 determination on or about 11 July and its preliminary AD determination on or about 24 September.
Initiation of AD Sunset Reviews of Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Rebar, Xanthan Gum
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on sodium hexametaphosphate, steel concrete reinforcing bar and xanthan gum 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 July to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 August. The USITC will then assess the adequacy of interested party responses to determine whether to conduct a full or expedited sunset review.
Scheduling of Full Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Silicomanganese
The USITC has scheduled the full sunset review of the AD duty order on silicomanganese from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 4 September and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 13 September; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 17 September; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 24 September; the hearing will be held on 25 September; and post-hearing briefs are due by 4 October.
Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Activated Carbon Moves Forward
The USITC is moving forward with the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on activated carbon from mainland China. The staff report was placed in the non-public record on 30 May and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements were due by 4 June and could not contain new factual information.
Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Gift Boxed Moves Forward
The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on folding gift boxes from mainland China. The staff report was placed in the non-public record on 1 June and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 6 June and may not contain new factual information.
New Section 337 Investigation on LED Display Panels
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain modular LED display panels and components thereof from various sources, including Hong Kong and mainland China, violate Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation include modular LED display panels that are cabinet-free, waterproof and designed to be easily and quickly integrated into a larger LED display. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order (or, in the alternative, a limited exclusion order) as well as cease and desist orders.
New Section 337 Investigation on Cholesterol Testing Strips
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain mainland Chinese blood cholesterol testing strips and associated systems containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are blood cholesterol testing products such as meters, testing strips and associated systems. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as a cease and desist order.
Section 337 Probe of Amorphous Metal Amended
The USITC has agreed to amend a Section 337 complaint and notice of investigation concerning certain amorphous metal and products containing the same from mainland China by adding one mainland Chinese respondent and making corrections to the names of two existing respondents.