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USITC Notices

New AD/CV Probes of Hardwood Plywood
The USITC has initiated and scheduled the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of hardwood plywood from mainland China. Hardwood plywood has a wide variety of uses, including wall panels, kitchen cabinet components, seat backs, table and desk tops, drawers sides, furniture components, recreational vehicle and trailer components, floor underlayment, and the raw material for certain engineered (i.e., multi-layered) wood flooring. A conference will be held on 9 December, post-conference briefs are due by 14 December, and the USITC’s preliminary AD and CV injury determinations are due by 3 January (a vote has been scheduled for 30 December).

Mechanical Drive Components Will Not Face AD/CV Duties
The USITC has issued a final negative injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of mainland Chinese iron mechanical drive components classified under HTSUS 8483.30.8090, 8483.50.6000, 8483.50.9040, 8483.50.9080, 8483.90.3000, 8483.90.8080, 7325.10.0080, 7325.99.1000, 7326.19.0010, 7326.19.0080, 8431.31.0040, 8431.31.0060, 8431.39.0010, 8431.39.0050, 8431.39.0070, 8431.39.0080 and 8483.50.4000. As a result, these investigations have been terminated without the imposition of any measures.

AD Duty Order on Copper Pipe and Tube Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on seamless refined copper pipe and tube from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of HEDP
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP) from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 9 March 2017 and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 16 March; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 17 March; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 21 March; the hearing will be held on 23 March; and post-hearing briefs are due by 30 March.

Upcoming Decisions in AD Sunset Reviews on Construction Castings and Coated Paper
The USITC will hold open meetings 2 December and 6 December, respectively, to vote in its sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on mainland Chinese iron construction castings and coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses. These reviews will result in either the revocation or continuation of these orders.

New Section 337 Investigation on Mobile Electronic Devices
The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain mainland Chinese mobile electronic devices that include hardware and software components within the device, such as integrated circuits, cameras, RF transmitters, capacitors and system-on chips. 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.

New Section 337 Investigation on Sweeteners
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain high-potency sweeteners, processes for making the same and products containing the same are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue are sweeteners for human consumption such as acesulfame potassium sweeteners. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order or, alternately, a limited exclusion order, as well as cease and desist orders. The three respondents in this investigation are located in mainland China.

Section 337 Remedies on Beverage Capsules Could Be Rescinded
The USITC has begun a proceeding to determine whether the 17 March 2016 limited exclusion order and cease and desist order on certain beverage brewing capsules, components thereof and products containing the same from Hong Kong and mainland China should be rescinded.

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