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USITC Notices

New AD/CV Probes of Steel Racks
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of steel racks and parts thereof classified under HTSUS 7308.90.3000, 7308.90.6000, 7308.90.9590, 7326.90.8688, 9403.20.0080 and 9403.20.0090 from mainland China. A steel rack is a structure typically made from cold-formed or hot-rolled steel structural members and includes components such as plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections and tubes. Welding, bolting and clipping are the typical methods of assembly. Connections may also be made with locking devices such as clips, end plates and beam connectors. All steel racks and parts thereof meeting the specified physical description are covered by the AD/CV petition, whether or not produced according to a particular standard. Specifically excluded are any products covered by the existing AD and CV duty orders on boltless steel shelving units pre-packaged for sale from mainland China.

Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 5 July, a conference will be held on 11 July, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 16 July, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 3 August.

Final Affirmative AD Injury Determination on Fine Denier Polyester
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD investigation of fine denier polyester staple fibre classified under HTSUS 5503.20.0025 from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue an AD duty order on imports of subject merchandise.

AD Duty Order on Gift Boxes Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on folding gift boxes from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.

Ninth Annual Compilation of Reports on Textile and Apparel Imports from Mainland China
The USITC released on 29 June its ninth annual compilation of bi-weekly reports on the volume, value, unit value and import market share of imports from mainland China that were subject to the provisions of the 2005 U.S.-China Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Trade in Textiles and Apparel. The data in this report is shown on an annual and quarterly basis by category and by Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the U.S. 10-digit subheadings. By category, annual data are provided from 2011 through 2017 and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2016 through fourth quarter 2017. By ten-digit HTSUS subheading, annual data are provided from 2015 through 2017 and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2016 through fourth quarter 2017.

Remedies in Section 337 Probe of Collapsible Sockets
The USITC has imposed a general exclusion order in the Section 337 probe of certain collapsible sockets for mobile electronic devices and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China. 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.

New Section 337 Investigation on Earpiece Devices
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain earpiece devices and components thereof from various sources, including mainland China, violate Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are in-ear headphones and accessories using a retaining structure to secure the device in a user’s ear. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order (or, in the alternative, a limited exclusion order) as well as cease and desist orders.

Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD/CV Duty Orders on Steel Sinks
The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD and CV duty orders on drawn stainless steel sinks from mainland China. The staff report was placed in the non-public record on 29 June and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 10 July and may not contain new factual information.

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