21 July 2017
New AD/CV Probes of Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of cast iron soil pipe fittings that are normally classified under HTSUS 7307.11.0045 from mainland China. The merchandise covered by these investigations is finished and unfinished cast iron soil pipe fittings, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications. These are non-malleable iron castings of various shapes and sizes used in conjunction with cast iron soil pipe in the sanitary and storm drain, waste and vent piping of buildings. These fittings include various designs and sizes, consisting of bends, tees, wyes, traps, drains and other common or special fittings, with or without side inlets. CISPF are chemically different from most other types of non-malleable fittings and the configurations of the fittings are specific to the application. CISPF are not interchangeable with other types of non-malleable fittings.
Cast iron soil pipe and fittings are classified into two major types: hub and spigot and hubless. Hubless pipe and fittings are also referred to in the plumbing industry as no-hub. CISPF are distinguished from other types of non-malleable cast iron fitting by the manner in which they are connected to cast iron soil pipe and other fittings. Hubless cast iron soil pipe and fittings are manufactured without a hub, generally in compliance with CISPI 301 and/or ASTM A888. The method of joining the pipe and fittings utilises a metallic shielded hubless coupling, generally manufactured to CISPI 310 and/or ASTM A74, that telescopes over the plain ends of the pipe and fittings and is torqued to seal the joint. Hub and Spigot pipe and fittings have hubs into which the spigot (plain end) of the pipe or fitting is inserted. The joint is sealed with a thermoset elastomeric gasket or lead and oakum.
Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 27 July, a conference will be held on 3 August, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 8 August, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 25 August.
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Fine Denier PSF
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of fine denier polyester staple fibre classified under HTSUS subheadings 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065 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 24 August and its preliminary AD determination on or about 7 November.
AD Duty Order on Furfuryl Alcohol Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on furfuryl alcohol 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 Hardwood Plywood
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of hardwood plywood from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 11 October and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 18 October; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 19 October; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 25 October; the hearing will be held on 26 October; and post-hearing briefs are due by 2 November.
Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Paper Products and Roller Bearings
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on lined paper products and tapered roller bearings 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 2 August to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 September. 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.
Expedited Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Garlic and Brightening Agents
The USITC has decided to conduct expedited sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on fresh garlic and certain stilbenic optical brightening agents from mainland China. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.
Section 337 Remedies on Beverage Brewing Capsules Maintained
The USITC has determined that the complainants have not shown that certain respondents violated the existing limited exclusion and cease and desist orders on certain beverage brewing capsules, components thereof and products containing the same from mainland China. The USITC has further determined not to rescind the remedial orders.
Comments Sought on Possible Remedies in IPR Probe of Intravascular Administration Sets
The USITC initiated on 12 April a Section 337 investigation of certain intravascular administration sets and components thereof from mainland China. The administrative law judge in charge of this proceeding subsequently found the sole respondent in default and the USITC decided not to review this determination. Accordingly, the USITC is now seeking comments on the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered in connection with this investigation. If some form of remedy is ordered, USTR would have 60 days to approve or disapprove the USITC’s action.
Public Interest Input Sought in Section 337 Investigation of Self-Balancing Vehicles
The presiding administrative law judge in the Section 337 investigation involving certain motorised self-balancing vehicles from mainland China has issued a final initial determination of violation of Section 337 as well as a recommended determination on remedy and bonding. The USITC sought input through 14 July on any public interest issues raised by the recommended relief, specifically the issuance of limited exclusion and ceased and desist orders.