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New AD Probe of Steel Threaded Rod. The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of an AD injury investigation of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod classified under HTSUS 7318.15.5051, 7318.15.5056, 7318.15.5090, 7318.15.2095 and 7318.19.0000 from mainland China. Steel threaded rod is defined as certain threaded rod, bar or studs, of carbon or alloy steel, having a solid, circular cross-section of any diameter, in any straight length. Subject goods are non-headed and threaded along greater than 25 percent of their total actual length. A variety of finishes or coatings, such as plain oil finish as a temporary rust protectant, zinc coating (i.e., galvanised, whether by electroplating or hot-dipping), paint, and other similar finishes and coatings, may be applied.

Subject goods include those matching the above description that have been finished, assembled or packaged in a third country, including by cutting, chamfering, coating or painting; by attaching the rod to, or packaging it with, another product; or any other finishing, assembly or packaging operation that would not otherwise remove the rod from the scope if performed in the country of manufacture of the rod. Threaded rod is also included whether or not imported attached to, or in conjunction with, other parts and accessories such as nuts and washers.

Excluded from the scope are (i) threaded rod, bar or studs that are threaded only on one or both ends and the threading covers 25 percent or less of the total actual length, and (ii) stainless steel threaded rod, defined as steel threaded rod containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with or without other elements. Any goods covered by the existing AD duty order on steel threaded rod from mainland China are also excluded from the scope of this petition.

Return questionnaires in connection with this investigation are due by 7 March, a conference will be held on 14 March, pre-hearing briefs are due by 19 March and the USITC’s preliminary determination is due by 8 April (a vote has been scheduled for 5 April).

Safeguard Effect on Domestic Washer Industry is Focus of New Investigation. The USITC has instituted an investigation of developments in the domestic industry following the January 2018 imposition of tariff-rate quotas on large residential washers, covered parts and exempt parts that will extend through 7 February 2021. This investigation will cover the progress and specific efforts made by workers and firms in the domestic industry to make a positive adjustment to import competition. Those wishing to participate as parties in this investigation must notify the USITC by 14 March.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on 25 June. Requests to appear at this hearing are due by 1 June and those desiring to appear should attend a pre-hearing conference on 21 June. Pre-hearing briefs are due by 14 June and post-hearing briefs and other written submissions are due by 2 July. The USITC’s report to the president is due by 7 August.

Section 337 Investigation of Batteries and Electrochemical Devices Terminated. The USITC has terminated its patent infringement investigation of certain batteries and electrochemical devices containing composite separators, components thereof and products containing the same from Hong Kong and mainland China on the basis of a settlement agreement between the complainants and respondents.

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