15 Feb 2018
New AD/CV Probes of Rubber Bands
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of rubber bands classified under HTSUS 4016.99.35 from mainland China. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 13 February, a conference will be held on 20 February, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 23 February, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 15 March.
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Plastic Decorative Ribbon
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of plastic decorative ribbon 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 22 March and its preliminary AD determination on or about 5 June.
AD Duty Order on Granular Magnesium Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on pure granular magnesium 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 Steel Flanges
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of stainless steel flanges from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 28 March and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 3 April; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 4 April; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 9 April; the hearing will be held on 10 April; post-hearing briefs are due by 17 April; and final comments are due by 7 May.
Initiation of AD Sunset Reviews of Activated Carbon and Gift Boxes
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on certain activated carbon and folding gift boxes 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 5 March to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 16 April. The USITC will then assess the adequacy of interested party responses to determine whether to conduct a full or expedited sunset review.
Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Orders on Honey and Solar Cells and Modules Move Forward
The USITC has decided to conduct an expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on honey as well as a full sunset review of the AD and CV duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules 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. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.
Remedies in Section 337 Probe of Insulation Materials
The USITC has imposed a limited exclusion order in the Section 337 probe of certain mainland Chinese composite aerogel insultation materials and methods for manufacturing the same. The USITC has also determined to set at 100 percent of entered value the bond amount under which infringing goods may continue to enter the United States during the 60-day period the president has to review the USITC’s remedy.
Section 337 Investigation of Shaving Cartridges Terminated
The USITC instituted on 30 October 2017 a Section 337 investigation of certain shaving cartridges, components thereof and products containing the same from mainland China. On 19 January, the complainant and the respondents filed a joint motion to terminate this 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 Batteries and Electrochemical Devices Amended
The USITC on 28 November 2017 instituted a Section 337 investigation of certain batteries and electrochemical devices containing composite separators, components thereof and products containing the same from Hong Kong and mainland China. One of the complainants subsequently requested the ALJ to amend the investigation to correct the name of one respondent. On 8 January, the ALJ granted the complainant’s motion and the USITC has decided not to review this decision.