29 March 2018
Final Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Aluminium Foil
The USITC has issued final affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of certain mainland Chinese aluminium foil classified under HTSUS 7607.11.3000, 7607.11.6000, 7607.11.9030, 7607.11.9060, 7607.11.9090, 7607.19.6000, 7606.11.3060, 7606.11.6000, 7606.12.3045, 7606.12.3055, 7606.12.3090, 7606.12.6000, 7606.91.3090, 7606.91.6080, 7606.92.3090 and 7606.92.6080. As a result, the DOC will issue AD and CV duty orders on imports of subject merchandise.
Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Rubber Bands
The USITC has issued preliminary affirmative injury determinations in its AD and CV investigations of rubber bands 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 26 April and its preliminary AD determination on or about 10 July.
Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of PTFE Resin
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 4 May and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 11 May; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 14 May; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 15 May; the hearing will be held on 17 May; post-hearing briefs are due by 24 May; and final comments are due by 19 June.
Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Pipe Fittings
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of cast iron soil pipe fittings from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 12 June and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 19 June; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 20 June; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 25 June; the hearing will be held on 26 June; post-hearing briefs are due by 9 July; and final comments are due by 31 July.
Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Honey Moves Forward
The USITC welcomed comments and statements from interested parties through 19 March in its expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on honey from mainland China. A vote on whether to renew this order for an additional five years has been scheduled for 3 April.
Antitrust Probe of Steel Products Terminated
The USITC has determined to terminate its Section 337 investigation of carbon and alloy steel products from mainland China with respect to a claim by complainant United States Steel Corporation alleging a conspiracy to fix prices and control output and export volumes in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. Previously, the USITC had terminated this investigation with respect to US Steel’s allegations of misappropriation and use of trade secrets and found no violation with respect to the remaining participating respondents based on allegations of false designation of origin or manufacturer.
Remedy Comments Sought in Section 337 Probe of Collapsible Sockets
The presiding administrative judge in the Section 337 investigation of certain collapsible sockets for mobile electronic devices and components thereof made in Hong Kong and mainland China has granted summary determination that the defaulting respondents have violated Section 337. The USITC is now requesting comments by 2 April on the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered; the effect of any such remedy on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and U.S. consumers; and the amount of the bond under which infringing articles could continue to enter the U.S. during the 60-day period the president has to review any USITC-ordered remedy.