17 June 2016
Initiation of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Ammonium Sulphate
The USITC has initiated AD and CV injury investigations of mainland Chinese ammonium sulphate classified under HTSUS subheading 3102.21.00. The schedule for the preliminary phase of these investigations is as follows: return questionnaires were due by 8 June, a conference will be held on 15 June, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 20 June, and the USITC will issue its preliminary determination by 11 July (a vote has been scheduled for 8 July).
AD Duty Order on Tissue Paper Products Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on certain tissue paper products from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.
Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Paper Clips and Pencils
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on paper clips and cased pencils. 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 1 July to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 15 August. The USITC will then assess the adequacy of interested party responses to determine whether to conduct a full or expedited sunset review.
Full Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Frozen Shrimp
The USITC has decided to conduct a full sunset review of the AD duty order on frozen warm water shrimp from mainland China. The review will seek to determine whether revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to a domestic industry within a reasonably foreseeable time. As opposed to expedited reviews, full reviews include a public hearing and the issuance of questionnaires.
Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Steel Pipe Fittings
The USITC has decided to conduct an expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from mainland China. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.
New Section 337 Investigation on Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials
The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain composite aerogel insulation materials and methods for manufacturing the same from mainland China. The products at issue in this investigation are very lightweight and low density insulation materials made using certain manufacturing processes. The complainant alleges that the two mainland Chinese respondents are infringing certain U.S. patents and is requesting the USITC to issue a general exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.
Remedies in Section 337 Probe of Ink Cartridges
The USITC has issued a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders in its Section 337 investigation of certain ink cartridges and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China. The general exclusion order prohibits the unlicensed entry of subject merchandise covered by certain patents while the cease and desist orders are specifically directed at two domestic respondents. The USITC has set a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the subject merchandise for importations during the 60-day presidential review period.
Section 337 Investigation of Aquarium Fittings Terminated
The USITC on 11 December 2015 instituted a Section 337 investigation of certain aquarium fittings and parts thereof from mainland China. On 18 April 2016, the complainant and the sole respondent moved to terminate the investigation based on a consent order stipulation and a settlement agreement. The administrative law judge in charge of this proceeding subsequently granted that motion and the USITC has decided not to review this decision.