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AD/CV Notices: Steel, Bearings, Pipes and Tubes, PET Resin, PET Film

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products. A petition filed Aug. 11 alleges that imports of hot-rolled steel flat products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom are being sold at less than fair value and that imports of such goods from Brazil, South Korea and Turkey benefit from countervailable subsidies. Hot-rolled steel has a number of uses, including automotive and appliance manufacturing.

The petitioner states that the scope of this petition is very similar to that accepted in the ITA’s 2000/2001 investigations and that the modifications reflect certain changes in steelmaking and the types of hot-rolled steel products currently being produced by the domestic industry. Other changes are intended to address certain tactics adopted by foreign producers to evade AD/CV duty orders by making minor adjustments to the chemistry or other characteristics of steel products in ways that are sufficient to circumvent the orders but not affect the suitability of the product for a given application.

For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.

Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products. The ITA has postponed from Aug. 27 to Nov. 2 the preliminary determinations in its CV duty investigations of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan.

Tapered Roller Bearings. The ITA has initiated a changed circumstances review of the AD duty order on tapered roller bearings and parts thereof, finished and unfinished, from China to determine whether Shanghai General Bearing Co. Ltd. sold subject goods at less than normal value subsequent to its revocation from this order and should therefore be reinstated to it. If the ITA’s determination in this review is affirmative, liquidation of all entries of subject goods manufactured and exported by this company will be suspended.

Pipes and Tubes. The ITA has initiated AD duty investigations of heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Korea, Mexico and Turkey and a CV duty investigation of such goods from Turkey. Alleged dumping margins are 53.8 percent for Korea, 11.9 percent for Mexico and 102.1-113.7 percent for Turkey. The ITC has already initiated AD and CV injury investigations and its preliminary determinations are due no later than Sept. 4.

PET Resin. The ITA has made preliminary affirmative CV duty determinations on polyethylene terephthalate resin from China and India, with countervailable subsidies of 4.27-18.88 percent for China and 5.5-115.04 percent for India. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be instructed to require cash deposits based on these preliminary rates. The ITA found that critical circumstances do not exist for Dhunseri Petrochemi Ltd. but do exist for JBF Industries Limited and all other producers and exporters in India. As a result, CBP will be instructed to retroactively impose provisional measures on entries of subject goods from the latter companies.

The ITA has also made a preliminary negative CV duty determination on PET resin from Oman. No CV cash deposits will therefore be required for entries of such goods.

Stainless Steel Wire Rod. The ITC has determined to conduct full sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on stainless steel wire rod from Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain and Taiwan. These reviews will determine whether revocation of these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time and will result in either the revocation or continuation of these orders.

PET Film. The ITA is rescinding its administrative review of the AD duty order on PET film, sheet and strip from China for the period Nov. 1, 2013, through Oct. 31, 2014, with respect to Fuwei Films (Shandong) Co. Ltd., Sichuan Dongfang Insulating Material Co. Ltd. and Tianjin Wanhua Co. Ltd. The ITA has also preliminarily found that Shaoxing Xiangyu Green Packing Co. Ltd. is part of the China-wide entity, which is currently subject to a 76.72 percent AD duty rate.

In its administrative review of the AD duty order on PET film, sheet and strip from Brazil for the period Nov. 1 through Nov. 9, 2013, the ITA has preliminarily determined that Terphane Ltda. and Terphane Inc. had no shipments of subject goods during this period. This order was revoked effective Nov. 10, 2013.

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