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USITC Notices

Quartz Surface Products Will Face AD/CV Duties. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of quartz surface products from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will issue AD and CV duty orders on imports of subject merchandise. In light of the USITC’s negative findings concerning critical circumstances, such imports will not face retroactive AD or CV duties.

Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determination on File Cabinets. The USITC has issued a preliminary affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of vertical metal file cabinets from mainland China. As a result, the DOC will continue its AD and CV duty investigations of imports of subject merchandise, with preliminary determinations scheduled for about 24 July (CV) and 2 October (AD).

AD Duty Order on Cast Iron Pipe Fittings Renewed. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from mainland China. As a result, this order will be extended for another five years.

Scheduling of Preliminary Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Steel Staples. The USITC has scheduled the preliminary phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of certain collated steel staples from mainland China. Return questionnaires are due by 20 June, the staff conference will be held on 27 June, post-conference briefs are due by 2 July, and a preliminary injury vote has been scheduled for 19 July.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD Injury Investigation of Mattresses. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD injury investigation of mattresses from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 19 September and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 26 September; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 4 October;  the pre-hearing conference will be held on 8 October; the hearing will be held on 10 October; post-hearing briefs are due by 17 October; and final comments are due by 7 November.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigation of Steel Kegs. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of refillable stainless steel kegs from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 1 August and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 8 August; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 9 August;  the pre-hearing conference will be held on 12 August; the hearing will be held on 14 August; post-hearing briefs are due by 21 August; and final comments are due by 12 September.

New IPR Probe on Food Processing Equipment. The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain food processing equipment and packaging materials thereof from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of false advertising and unfair competition. The scope of the investigation covers valves (including clamped cleaning balls), clamps (including hygienic fittings clamps) and fittings (including sanitary elbow, sanitary clamp elbows and pipe fittings), as well as packaging materials thereof. The complainant requests that after this investigation the USITC issue a general exclusion order (or, alternatively, a limited exclusion order) as well as cease and desist orders.

Public Interest Input Sought in IPR Probe on Blood Cholesterol Strips. The presiding administrative law judge in the Section 337 investigation involving certain blood cholesterol testing strips and associated systems containing the same from mainland China has issued a recommended determination on remedy and bonding. The USITC is seeking input by 5 July on any public interest issues raised by the recommended relief, specifically the issuance of a limited exclusion order.

IPR Probe on Nicotine Cartridges Amended. The USITC has decided not to review a decision by the administrative law judge in the on-going Section 337 investigation of certain cartridges for electronic nicotine delivery systems and components thereof from mainland China to amend the complaint and notice of investigation to correct the name of a corporate respondent.

IPR Probe on Carburettors Amended. The USITC has decided not to review a decision by the administrative law judge in the on-going Section 337 investigation of carburettors and products containing the same from Hong Kong and mainland China to amend the complaint and notice of investigation to substitute certain respondents.

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