2 Feb 2018
New AD/CV Probes of Large Diameter Pipe
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of large diameter welded pipe classified under HTSUS 7305.11.1030, 7305.11.1060, 7305.11.5000, 7305.12.1030, 7305.12.1060, 7305.12.5000, 7305.19.1030, 7305.19.1060, 7305.19.5000, 7305.31.4000, 7305.31.6090, 7305.39.1000 and 7305.39.5000 from mainland China. Subject merchandise is a circular pipe product more than 24 inches in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, length, surface finish or end finish. It may be used to transport oil, gas, slurry, steam or other liquids and may also be used for structural purposes, including piling. All pipe meeting this physical description is covered, whether or not produced to a particular standard. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 31 January, a conference will be held on 7 February, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 12 February, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 2 March.
New AD/CV Probes of Cast Iron Soil Pipe
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of cast iron soil pipe classified under HTSUS 7303.00.0030 from mainland China. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 9 February, a conference will be held on 16 February, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 22 February, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 9 March.
AD Duty Order on Paper School Supplies Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on lined paper school supplies from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.
Foreign Restrictions on Digital Trade to Be Focus of USITC Hearing
The USITC will hold a hearing on 6 March in connection with the second and third of its three investigations of global digital trade, which focus on foreign trade restrictions and U.S. competitiveness with respect to the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. Requests to appear at the hearing are due by 20 February, pre-hearing briefs and statements are due by 26 February, and post-hearing briefs and statements are due by 20 March.
These two investigations will analyse measures that affect the ability of U.S. firms to develop or supply B2B and B2C digital products and services to customers abroad. They will also assess the impact of such measures on the competitiveness of U.S. firms supplying digital products and services as well as on international trade and investment flows. The reports in these investigations (due 29 October 2018 and 29 March 2019, respectively) will provide an update and extension of the analysis presented in two earlier USITC reports. The first investigation in this series assessed the rate of adoption of digital technologies in the U.S. and foreign markets and described regulatory and policy measures in important markets abroad that may impede digital trade.
New Section 337 Investigation on Storage Drives and Electronics Components
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain solid state storage drives, stacked electronics components and products containing the same from various sources, including mainland China, are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are various types of memory devices, including solid state storage drives and DRAM/processor devices as well as products such as laptops and mobile devices containing these memory devices. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.