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AD/CV Notices: Brass Sheet, Nails, Furniture, Power Transformers, Steel Pipe

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Brass Sheet and Strip. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on brass sheet and strip from France for the period March 1, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2015, the International Trade Administration has determined a weighted average dumping margin of 42.24 percent for Griset SA and KME France SAS. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 16.

Steel Nails. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on steel nails from China for the period Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014, the ITA has determined a weighted average dumping margin of 11.95 percent for 21 producers/exporters. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 16.

Additionally, the ITA found Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Group Co. Ltd. to be part of the China-wide entity for having withheld requested information, significantly impeding the administrative review and not cooperating to the best of its ability. As a result, AD duties at the China-wide rate of 118.04 percent will be assessed on entries of subject goods from this company during the period of review.

Power Transformers. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on large power transformers from Korea for the period Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014, the ITA has determined weighted average dumping margins of 4.07 percent to 9.40 percent for five producers/exporters. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 16.

Certain Steel Pipe. The ITA has continued for five years, effective from March 16, the AD and CV duty orders on seamless carbon alloy steel standard line and pressure pipes from China. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect AD and CV cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of such goods.

The products subject to these orders include certain seamless carbon and alloy steel (other than stainless steel) pipes and redraw hollows, less than or equal to 16 inches in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, manufacturing process, end finish or surface finish. Redraw hollows are any unfinished carbon or alloy steel pipe or “hollow profiles” suitable for cold finishing operations, such as cold drawing. Specifically included within the scope are subject goods produced to the ASTM A-53, ASTM A-106, ASTM A-333, ASTM A-334, ASTM A-589, ASTM A-795, ASTM A-1024 and API 5L specifications.

Subject goods are classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 7304.19.1020, 7304.19.1030, 7304.19.1045, 7304.19.1060, 7304.19.5020, 7304.19.5050, 7304.31.6050, 7304.39.0016, 7304.39.0020, 7304.39.0024, 7304.39.0028, 7304.39.0032, 7304.39.0036, 7304.39.0040, 7304.39.0044, 7304.39.0048, 7304.39.0052, 7304.39.0056, 7304.39.0062, 7304.39.0068, 7304.39.0072, 7304.51.5005, 7304.51.5060, 7304.59.6000, 7304.59.8010, 7304.59.8015, 7304.59.8020, 7304.59.8025, 7304.59.8030, 7304.59.8035, 7304.59.8040, 7304.59.8045, 7304.59.8050, 7304.59.8055, 7304.59.8060, 7304.59.8065 and 7304.59.8070.

Specifically excluded from the scope are: (1) all pipes meeting aerospace, hydraulic and bearing tubing specifications; (2) all pipes meeting the chemical requirements of ASTM A-335, whether finished or unfinished; and (3) unattached couplings. Also excluded are all mechanical, boiler, condenser and heat exchange tubing, except when such products conform to the dimensional requirements of an outside diameter and wall thickness of ASTM A-53, ASTM A-106 or API 5L.

Certain Steel Pipes and Tubes. The ITA has amended its preliminary affirmative AD duty determination on heavy walled rectangular carbon steel pipes and tubes from Mexico. The ITA has calculated a revised weighted average dumping margin of 5.17 percent for Productos Laminados de Monterrey S.A. de C.V. and 4.92 percent for all other companies, and will instruct CBP to set AD cash deposits at these rates effective March 1.

Wooden Bedroom Furniture. In May 2014, the ITA issued a final scope ruling where it determined that certain chests were subject to the AD duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from China. However, following certain voluntary remand and Court of International Trade proceedings the ITA determined that these chests do not fall within the scope of the order. As a result, the ITA will instruct CBP to set a cash deposit rate of zero for the four chests in question. If the CIT’s ruling is not appealed or is upheld on appeal, the ITA will instruct CBP to liquidate entries of subject merchandise and lift suspension of liquidation on such entries. 

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