18 Aug 2017
AD Duty Order on Paper Clips Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on paper clips from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.
Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Garlic
The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on fresh garlic 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. The staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 15 September and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 20 September and may not contain new factual information.
Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Optical Brightening Agents
The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on certain stilbenic optical brightening agents from mainland China. The staff report was placed in the non-public record on 11 August and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 22 September and may not contain new factual information.
Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Steel Cylinders and Foundry Coke
The USITC has decided to conduct an expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on high pressure steel cylinders from mainland China as well as a full sunset review of the AD duty order on foundry coke from the mainland. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.
New Section 337 Investigation on Shielded Electrical Ribbon Cables
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain shielded electrical ribbon cables and products containing the same from mainland China and another location are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are shielded electrical ribbon cables that can effectively transmit electromagnetic signals at high speeds and products containing those cables, such as data servers. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order (or, alternately, a limited exclusion order) as well as a cease and desist order.
Section 337 Investigation of Flash Memory Devices Terminated
The USITC instituted on 11 January a Section 337 investigation of certain flash memory devices and components thereof from various sources, including mainland China. On 7 August, the complainants and respondents in this investigation filed a joint motion to terminate the investigation in its entirety based on a settlement agreement. The administrative law judge assigned to this case subsequently granted the motion and the USITC has decided not to review this decision.
Section 337 Investigation of Self-Balancing Vehicles Terminated
The USITC instituted on 26 May 2016 a Section 337 investigation of certain motorised self-balancing vehicles from mainland China. The investigation was subsequently terminated with respect to various respondents based on a consent order stipulation and proposed consent order or good cause. The USITC more recently found in its review of the ALJ’s determination that no violation of Section 337 had occurred, and has therefore terminated the proceeding.
Remedies in Section 337 Probe of Intravascular Administration Sets
The USITC has issued a limited exclusion order in its Section 337 investigation of certain intravascular administration sets and components thereof from mainland China. The limited exclusion order prohibits the unlicensed entry of subject merchandise covered by certain patents that are manufactured abroad by or on behalf of, or imported by or on behalf of, the sole mainland Chinese respondent. The USITC has set a bond in the amount of 100 percent of the entered value of the subject merchandise for importations during the 60-day presidential review period.