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USITC Notices

New AD Probe of Carton Closing Staples
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of an AD injury investigation of carton closing staples classified under HTSUS subheadings 7317.00.6560 and 8305.20.0000 from mainland China. Carton-closing staples are fastening devices used to secure or close the flaps of corrugated and solid paperboard cartons and boxes. They are manufactured from steel wire or stainless steel wire and commonly have a copper or zinc (galvanised) coating. They include stick staple products (staple strips), which are lightly cemented or lacquered together to facilitate handling and loading into stapling machines, as well as roll staple products (coils), which are taped together along their crowns.

Carton-closing staples vary by the size of the wire, the width of the crown and the length of the leg. The leg length generally ranges from 0.45 inch to 1.375 inches and the crown width generally ranges from 1.125 inches to 1.375 inches. The size of the wire used generally varies from 0.033 to 0.058 inch (thickness) by 0.072 to 0.096 inch (width). Staples that deviate from these dimensions by 10 percent or less in any aspect are covered. All carton-closing staples meeting the above description are covered, regardless of whether they are coated or uncoated, produced from steel wire or stainless steel wire, or imported in stick form or roll form.

A conference will be held on 20 April, requests to appear at the conference are due by 18 April, written submissions are due by 26 April and the USITC’s preliminary determination is due by 15 May (a vote has been scheduled for 12 May).

AD Duty Order on Sulfanilic Acid Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on sulfanilic acid from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.

Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Order on Garlic, AD/CV Duty Orders on Brightening Agents
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty order on fresh garlic and the AD and CV duty orders on certain stilbenic optical brightening agents from mainland China. 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 3 May to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 15 June. 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 Intermediate Bulk Containers Terminated
The USITC has terminated without the imposition of import restrictions a trade dress infringement investigation of certain mainland Chinese composite intermediate bulk containers based on the withdrawal of the complaint by the petitioner.

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