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USITC Notices

Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Sodium Gluconate and Gluconic Acid
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid and derivative products 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 23 February and its preliminary AD determination on or about 9 May.

Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Aluminium Sheet
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of common alloy aluminium sheet 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 1 February and its preliminary AD determination on or about 17 April.

Final Affirmative CV Injury Determination on Tool Chests and Cabinets
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its CV investigation of certain tool chests and cabinets classified under HTSUS subheadings 7326.90.3500, 7326.90.8688, 9403.20.0021, 9403.20.0026 and 9403.20.0030 from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue a CV duty order on imports of subject merchandise. The parallel AD duty investigation on imports of subject merchandise has not yet been completed.

Final Affirmative CV Injury Determination on Mechanical Tubing
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its CV investigation of certain cold-drawn mechanical tubing HTSUS subheadings 7304.31.3000, 7304.31.6050, 7304.51.1000, 7304.51.5005, 7304.51.5060, 7306.30.5015, 7306.30.5020, 7306.50.5030, 7306.30.1000 and 7306.50.1000 from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue a CV duty order on imports of subject merchandise. The USITC also made a negative finding concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of subject merchandise, which means that such merchandise will not be subject to retroactive CV duties. The parallel AD duty investigation on imports of subject merchandise has not yet been completed.

Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD/CV Duty Orders on Wind Towers
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on utility scale wind towers 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 1 February to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 16 March. 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.

Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Polyester Staple Fibre
The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on polyester staple fibre from mainland China. The staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 9 February and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 14 February and may not contain new factual information.

Full Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Silicomanganese
The USITC has decided to conduct a full sunset review of the AD duty order on silicomanganese 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.

New Section 337 Investigation on Beverage Containers
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain self-anchoring beverage containers from mainland China and various other locations are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent and trademark infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are beverage containers that attach themselves to surfaces on which they are put (such as desks or tables), making it difficult to knock them over while still allowing users to pick them up. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.

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