9 Sept 2016
AD/CV Duty Orders on Narrow Woven Ribbons Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD and CV duty orders on narrow woven ribbons with woven selvedge from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.
New Import Monitoring Tool Unveiled
The USITC on 23 August launched a new web-based import monitoring tool that will ostensibly allow the public to more easily monitor changes in U.S. imports. Section 603 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act requires the USITC to make available on its website an import monitoring tool that provides public access to data on the volume and value of goods imported into the United States. The purpose of this tool is to allow users to assess whether data concerning imports have changed over a period of time. According to the Commission, the new tool uses public monthly U.S. import data retrieved by the USITC from the DOC and results are displayed by Harmonised Tariff Schedule tariff line. The USITC notes that data will be updated as soon as possible after each calendar quarter.
Initiation of Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Sulfanilic Acid
The USITC has initiated a sunset review of the AD duty order on sulfanilic acid 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 3 October to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 15 November. 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.
Section 337 Probe of Inflatable Products Terminated
The USITC has terminated its patent infringement investigation of certain inflatable products with tensioning structures and processes for making the same from Hong Kong and mainland China based on a consent order between the respondents and complainants. As a result, no IPR-related import restrictions will be imposed on the covered products.