16 March 2018
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Cast Iron Soil Pipe
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of cast iron soil pipe 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 April and its preliminary AD determination on or about 5 July.
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Large Diameter Pipe
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of large diameter welded pipe 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 16 April and its preliminary AD determination on or about 29 June.
AD Duty Order on Polyester Staple Fibre Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on polyester staple fibre from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.
Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD/CV Duty Orders on Steel Sinks
The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on drawn stainless steel sinks 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 April to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 14 May. 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 Full Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Bearings
The USITC has scheduled the full sunset review of the AD duty order on tapered roller bearings from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 11 July and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 20 July; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 23 July; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 27 July; the hearing will be held on 31 July; and post-hearing briefs are due by 9 August.
Full Sunset Review of AD and CV Duty Orders on Solar Cells and Modules
The USITC has decided to conduct a full sunset review of the AD and CV duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from mainland China. The review 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.
New Section 337 Investigation on Fuel Pump Assemblies
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain fuel pump assemblies having vapour separators and components thereof from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are certain fuel pump assemblies for marine engines, particularly assemblies that are sold as equivalents or replacements for certain Volvo Penta fuel pump assemblies. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.
IPR Import Restrictions to Be Imposed on Mobile Device Holders
In a patent infringement investigation of mobile device holders and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China, the USITC has determined that the appropriate form of relief is (i) a general exclusion order directed against products that infringe one or more of the patent claims asserted by the complainant, and (ii) cease and desist orders prohibiting 16 respondents from importing, selling, offering for sale, marketing, advertising, distributing, offering for sale, transferring (except for exportation), or soliciting U.S. agents or distributors of infringing goods. The president has 60 days to review the USITC’s proposed remedies. The USITC has determined that infringing goods may continue to enter the United States during this period under a 100 percent bond.
IPR Probe of Wi-Fi Enabled Electronic Devices Terminated
The USITC has terminated, without the imposition of import restrictions, a patent infringement investigation of certain Wi-Fi enabled electronic devices and components thereof made in Hong Kong and mainland China. This action is based on the withdrawal of the allegations in the complaint by the two complainants.