29 July 2016
Final AD Injury Determination on Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD investigation of hydrofluorocarbon blends as well as a final negative injury determination with respect to hydrofluorocarbon components from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue an AD duty order with respect to hydrofluorocarbon blends only. The USITC also made negative critical circumstances findings with regard to imports of hydrofluorocarbon blends from the mainland. As a result, goods that entered the United States from mainland China prior to 1 February 2016 will not be subject to retroactive AD duties.
AD Duty Orders on Cooking Ware and Steel Pipe Fittings Renewed
The USITC has issued separate final affirmative injury determinations in its sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on porcelain-on-steel cooking ware and carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.
Remand Proceeding in AD/CV Probe of Hardwood Plywood
The USTIC determined in November 2013 that an industry in the U.S. was not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of hardwood plywood from mainland China that were sold in the U.S. at less than fair value and subsidised by the Chinese government. Petitioners and domestic producers contested the determinations before the CIT, which remanded certain issues to the USITC and affirmed all other aspects of the determinations. The USITC is now allowing parties to file comments by 1 August concerning how it could best comply with the remand instructions.
New Section 337 Investigation on Intermediate Bulk Containers
The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain composite intermediate bulk containers for the transportation and storage of materials, primarily liquids, from mainland China. The complainant alleges that the respondent is infringing its trade dress and is requesting the USITC to issue a limited exclusion order as well as a cease and desist order.
Section 337 Investigation of Diaper Disposal Devices Terminated
The USITC has terminated based on the withdrawal of the complaint its Section 337 investigation of certain diaper disposal devices and components thereof, including diaper refill cassettes. This proceeding had targeted subject merchandise from a total of five respondents based in mainland China, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States.