12 Aug 2016
Proposed Changes to HTSUS Nomenclature for Certain Products
The USITC has recommended the president to make certain modifications to the Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the United States to conform it with World Customs Organisation amendments to the global Harmonised System. Specifically, the changes involve the classification of edible fish offal; new subdivisions for coniferous and non-coniferous wood; new HTSUS subheadings for certain wood of pine, fir, spruce, beech, birch, poplar, aspen and eucalyptus; and certain bed-nets of warp knitted fabrics. The president is authorised to proclaim the modifications to the HTSUS following the expiration of a 60-day layover period before Congress. The amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2018.
Initiation of Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Glycine
The USITC has initiated a sunset review of the AD duty order on glycine 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. Interested parties must respond to the applicable notice of initiation by 31 August to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 October. 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.
New Section 337 Investigation on Hand Dryers
The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain mainland Chinese hand dryers and housings for hand dryers, including high-efficiency hand dryers typically used in restrooms in commercial settings. The complainant alleges that the respondents are infringing its trade dress and is requesting the USITC to issue a general exclusion order (or, alternately, a limited exclusion order) as well as cease and desist orders.
New Section 337 Investigation on Access Control Systems
The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain access control systems and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China, specifically barrier movement operators such as garage or gate openers. The complainant alleges that the respondents are infringing certain U.S. patents and is requesting the USITC to issue a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.