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USITC Notices

New AD/CV Probes of Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fibre
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of fine denier polyester staple fibre classified under HTSUS 5503.20.0025 from mainland China. The petition covers synthetic staple fibres, not carded, combed or otherwise processed for spinning, non-woven and other uses, of polyesters measuring less than 3.3 decitex (3 denier) in diameter. These fibres may be coated, usually with a finish, or not coated. They are generally used for yarn spinning for woven and knit applications to produce textile and apparel products; for non-woven applications to produce wipes, medical/hygiene products, and other personal care items; and for other end uses.

The following products would be excluded: (i) PSF equal to or greater than 3.3 decitex (more than 3 denier, inclusive) currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065, which is often used in fill applications; and (ii) low-melt PSF defined as a bi-component fibre with an outer, non-polyester sheath that melts at a significantly lower temperature than its inner polyester core, classified under HTSUS 5503.20.0015.

Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 14 June, a conference will be held on 21 June, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 26 June, and the USITC’s preliminary determination is due by 17 July (a vote has been scheduled for 14 July).

Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Tool Chests
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of tool chests and cabinets from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will continue its AD and CV duty investigations of imports of subject merchandise. The DOC is scheduled to issue its preliminary CV determination on or about 5 July and its preliminary AD determination on or about 18 September.

New Section 337 Investigation on Digital Cameras
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain digital cameras as well as software and components thereof from mainland China and three other locations are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are digital cameras that include image sensors and image processing software. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.

Section 337 Investigation of Radiotherapy Systems Terminated
The USITC instituted on 30 October 2015 a Section 337 investigation of certain radiotherapy systems and treatment planning software and components thereof from mainland China. On 14 April, the complainants and respondents in this investigation filed a motion to terminate the investigation based on a settlement agreement. This motion was subsequently granted, resulting in the termination of the investigation.

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