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November 9 2012 Issue

Friday, November 09, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Dates and Deadlines: Auto Subsidies, Classification, SPS/Technical Barriers, AD/CV Duties

Following are highlights of regulatory effective dates and deadlines and federal agency meetings coming up in the next week.

Nov. 12 – effective date of Federal Maritime Commission final rule updating and clarifying rules of practice and procedure

Nov. 12 – comments on issues raised in WTO dispute against Chinese auto subsidies

Nov. 13 – ST&R webinar on classification of footwear, accessories and bags

Nov. 13 – STTAS seminar on importing into Brazil

Nov. 13 – comments on proposed rule addressing hazards associated with use of bassinet accessories on play yards

Nov. 15 – ST&R webinar on basics of antidumping for importers and sourcing professionals

Nov. 15 – comments due to USTR on sanitary/phytosanitary and technical barriers to trade

Nov. 15 – comments on CBP Form 19 (protest) and information collection on petroleum refineries in FTZ subzones

Nov. 15 – comments on guidance on development of state freight plans

Nov. 16 – comments on WTO disputes with China on AD/CV duties

Nov. 16 – comments on proposed changes to Fur Rules

AD/CV Notices: Pipe, Steel Products, Valves, Carbon, Hangers

Agency: International Trade Administration.
Commodity: Small diameter carbon and alloy seamless standard, line and pressure pipe.
Country: Romania.
Nature of Notice: Final results of administrative review of antidumping duty order for the period Aug. 1, 2010, through July 31, 2011.
Details: Weighted average dumping margin of zero for ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman S.A. As a result, no AD duties will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise made during the period of review, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not require AD cash deposits for subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Nov. 9.

Agency: International Trade Administration.
Commodity: Steel threaded rod.
Country: China.
Nature of Notice: Final results of administrative review of antidumping duty order for the period April 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.
Details: Weighted average dumping margins of 19.68% for RMB Fasteners Ltd. and IFI &
Morgan Ltd. and 206% for the China-wide entity. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise made during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for shipments of subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Nov. 9. Review rescinded with respect to Gem-Year Industrial Co. Ltd. and Haiyan Julong Standard Part Co. Ltd.

Agency: International Trade Administration.
Commodity: Frontseating service valves.
Country: China.
Nature of Notice: Final results of administrative review of antidumping duty order for the period April 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.
Details: Weighted average dumping margin of zero for two reviewed exporters. As a result, no AD duties will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise made during the period of review, and CBP will not require AD cash deposits for subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Nov. 9.

Agency: International Trade Administration.
Commodity: Activated carbon.
Country: China.
Nature of Notice: Final results of administrative review of antidumping duty order for the period April 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.
Details: Dumping margins ranging from zero through $2.42/kg. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise made during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for shipments of subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Nov. 9.

Agency: International Trade Administration.
Commodity: Circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe.
Country: India, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
Nature of Notice: Nov. 14 open meeting for vote on final antidumping and countervailing injury investigations.

Agency: International Trade Commission.
Commodity: Steel wire garment hangers.
Country: Taiwan.
Nature of Notice: Nov. 15 open meeting for vote on final antidumping and countervailing injury investigations.

Agency: International Trade Commission.
Commodity: Corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products.
Country: Germany and Korea.
Nature of Notice: Revised scheduled for sunset reviews of antidumping and/or countervailing duty orders.
Details: Hearing scheduled for Jan. 9, post-hearing briefs due by Jan. 18, final comments due by Feb. 8. 

U.S. Again Seeks Input for Conference on International Trade in Wildlife

The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a notice on the provisional agenda for the 16th regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which will be held in Thailand March 3-15, 2013. CITES is an international treaty designed to control and regulate international trade in certain animal and plant species that are now or potentially may become threatened with extinction.

The U.S. is currently developing its negotiating positions on proposed resolutions, decisions and amendments to the CITES appendices (species proposals) as well as other agenda items that have been submitted by other party countries, the permanent CITES committees and the CITES secretariat for consideration at CoP16. As part of this process the FWS is soliciting public comments on the items on the provisional agenda through Jan. 8, 2013, and holding a public meeting Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C., to discuss these items.

Through an additional notice and Web site posting in advance of CoP16 the FWS will inform the public about tentative U.S. negotiating positions on species proposals, proposed resolutions, proposed decisions and agenda items that were submitted by other party countries, the permanent CITES committees and the CITES secretariat. 

Defense Trade Advisory Group to Meet Nov. 28

The State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group will meet in open session Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C. This committee consists of private-sector defense trade representatives appointed by State who provide advice on policies, regulations and technical issues affecting defense trade. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss current defense trade issues and topics for further study. Specific agenda topics will be posted here approximately 10 days prior to the meeting.

Foreign Regulatory Changes Could Affect Exports of Foods, Space Heaters

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the World Trade Organization has been notified of regulatory changes that may affect exports of specific products to the following countries. For information on how these restrictions may affect your business, contact ST&R.

Argentina – draft resolutions on mayonnaise and edible fats, including margarine (comments due by Nov. 10)

Chile – certification procedure for portable domestic space-heating appliances (comments due by Dec. 14)

Nicaragua – mandatory technical standard on agro-ecological production units 

Ex-Im Bank Asked to Support Exports of Mining Trucks to Ukraine

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has received an application for final commitment for a long-term loan or financial guarantee in excess of $100 million. This transaction will support the export of Caterpillar Inc. mining trucks and bulldozers to Ukraine, where they will be used to mine iron ore. The items being exported are not expected to produce exports or provide services in competition with the exportation of goods or provision of services by a U.S. industry. Comments on this application are due no later than Dec. 4.

New Yemen Sanctions Regulations Issued

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 9, establishes the Yemen Sanctions Regulations in 31 CFR part 552. These regulations implement Executive Order 13611 of May 16, 2012 (Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security or Stability of Yemen).

OFAC states that these regulations are being published in abbreviated form at this time for the purpose of providing immediate guidance to the public. OFAC intends to supplement part 552 with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing policy. 

Amended Maritime Agreement Filed

The Federal Maritime Commission has issued notice that the following amended agreement has been filed. Interested parties may submit comments by Nov. 19.

USMX-ILA Master Contract between United States Maritime Alliance Ltd. and International Longshoremen’s Association – The amendment extends the terms and conditions of USMX-ILA Master Contract to Dec. 29, 2012, without any changes by USMX and the ILA. 

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