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USITC Notices

Initiation of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Steel Cut-to-Length Plate
The USITC has initiated AD and CV injury investigations of certain mainland Chinese carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate classified under HTSUS subheadings 7208.40, 7208.51, 7208.52, 7211.13, 7211.14, 7225.40, 7226.20 and 7226.91. The schedule for the preliminary phase of these investigations is as follows: return questionnaires are due by 22 April, a conference will be held on 29 April, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 4 May, and the USITC will issue its preliminary determination by 23 May (a vote has been scheduled for 20 May).

Preliminary Affirmative AD Injury Determination on R-134a
The USITC has issued a preliminary affirmative injury determination in its AD investigation of mainland Chinese 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a). As a result, the DOC will continue its AD duty investigation of imports of subject merchandise. The DOC is scheduled to issue its preliminary determination on 10 August.

U.S. Aluminium Industry Subject of New Study
The USITC has launched an investigation to examine the U.S. aluminium industry and global aluminium trade. The USITC will report on factors of competition in major unwrought and wrought (semi-fabricated) aluminium producing and exporting countries, including industry characteristics, recent trade trends and developments, competitive strengths and weaknesses, factors driving unwrought production capacity increases, and government policies that affect aluminium production and exports. The USITC will also perform a qualitative and, to the extent possible, quantitative assessment of the impact of government policies and programmes in the selected foreign countries on aluminium production, exports, consumption and domestic prices, as well as on the U.S. aluminium industry and global aluminium markets.

The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on 29 September. Requests to appear at this hearing should be filed no later 5 September. Written submissions for the record are due by 21 February 2017. The USITC expects to deliver its report to the House Ways and Means Committee by 24 June 2017.

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

Section 337 Investigation of Surgical Stapler Devices Terminated
The USITC on 16 February instituted a Section 337 investigation of certain surgical stapler devices and components thereof from mainland China. The respondent and complainant subsequently requested the termination of this proceeding based on a consent order stipulation and a proposed consent order. The administrative law judge assigned to this case on 10 March granted the joint motion filed by the parties and the USITC has decided not to review that decision.

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