8 April 2016
Initiation of AD/CV Injury Investigations of HEDP
The USITC has initiated AD and CV injury investigations of mainland Chinese 1-hydroxyethylidene-1, 1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP) classified under HTSUS 2811.19.6090, 2931.90.9041 and 2931.90.9043. HEDP is used in a number of industries including heating and cooling, metals, textile and oil. It is also used in commercial water treatment due to its unique functional properties. The schedule for the preliminary phase of this investigation is as follows: return questionnaires are due by 14 April, a conference will be held on 21 April, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 26 April, and the USITC will issue its preliminary determination by 16 May (a vote has been scheduled for 13 May).
Final Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determination on PET Resin
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigation of certain mainland Chinese polyethylene terephthalate resin classified under HTSUS subheading 3907.60.0030. As a result, the DOC will issue AD and CV duty orders on imports of subject merchandise.
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Steel Sheet and Strip
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of mainland Chinese stainless steel sheet and strip. 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 9 May and its preliminary AD determination on 21 July.
Scheduling of Final Phase of AD and CV Injury Investigation of Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigation of cold-rolled steel flat products from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 10 May and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 17 May; requests to appear at the hearing must be submitted by 18 May; the pre-hearing conference will take place on 23 May; the hearing will be held on 24 May; and post-hearing briefs are due by 1 June.
Scheduling of Expedited AD Sunset Review of Candles
The schedule for the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on mainland Chinese petroleum wax candles is as follows: a staff report containing information concerning the subject matter of the review was placed in the non-public record on 21 March and a public version was issued thereafter. Comments are due by 6 April and may not contain any new factual information.
Initiation of Sunset Review of AD/CV Duty Orders on Aluminium Extrusions
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on aluminium extrusions 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 May to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 June. 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.
IPR Import Restrictions Imposed on Beverage Brewing Capsules
In a patent and copyright infringement investigation involving certain mainland Chinese beverage brewing capsules, the USITC has issued a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order prohibiting the respondent from importing into, or selling or distributing within, the United States certain beverage brewing capsules, components thereof and products containing the same that infringe certain patent claims. The USITC has also determined to apply a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of excluded products imported during the 60-day period the president has to review the remedy.