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AD/CV Notice: Admin Reviews, Sunset Reviews, Paper, Pasta, PET Film, Steel Pipe

Monday, March 02, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Supercalendered Paper. A petition filed Feb. 26 seeks countervailing duties on supercalendered and soft calendered paper from Canada.

The proposed scope of the CV investigation is uncoated paper that has undergone a calendering process in which the base sheet, made of pulp and filler (typically clay, talc or other mineral additive) is processed through a set of supercalenders, a supercalender or a soft nip calender operation that enhances the surface characteristics of the paper by imparting a smooth and glossy printing surface. The petition covers all SC paper regardless of basis weight, brightness, opacity, smoothness or grade, whether in rolls or in sheets, and regardless of the type of pulp fiber or filler material used to produce the paper. SC paper is typically (but not exclusively) used for retail catalogs and flyers, magazines, Sunday newspaper inserts and other advertising circulars, magazines and catalogues, directories, direct mail advertising, coupons and corporate brochures. Subject imports are currently entered under HTSUS 4802.61.3010 or 4802.61.3035.

Specifically excluded from the scope are imports of paper printed with final content of printed text or graphics.

New Administrative Reviews. The ITA has initiated administrative reviews of the AD and/or CV duty orders on the following products for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014, unless otherwise noted.

- potassium permanganate from China (AD)

- multilayered wood flooring from China (AD (Dec. 1, 2013, through Nov. 31, 2014)/CV (Jan. 1 through Dec. 13, 2013))

- wooden bedroom furniture from China (AD)

Request Administrative Reviews. The ITA is accepting through March 31 requests to conduct administrative reviews of the AD and/or CV duty orders on the following products for the periods March 1, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2015 (AD) or Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014 (CV).

- iron construction castings from Canada (AD)

- brass sheet and strip from France, Germany and Italy (AD)

- sulfanilic acid from India (AD/CV)

- silicon metal from Russia (AD)

- stainless steel bar from Spain (AD)

- light-walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipe and tube from Taiwan (AD)

- circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Thailand (AD) and Turkey (CV)

- chloropicrin from China (AD)

- circular welded austenitic stainless pressure pipe from China (AD/CV)

- glycine from China (AD)

- sodium hexametaphosphate from China (AD)

- tissue paper products from China (AD)

- in-shell pistachio nuts from Iran (CV)

- fresh tomatoes from Mexico (AD suspension agreement)

Pasta. The ITA has issued the final results of its administrative review of the CV duty order on pasta from Italy for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012. Net subsidy rates range from 0.19 percent (de minimis) to 1.72 percent. CV duties at these rates (except those that are de minimis) will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise during the period of review, and CV cash deposits at these rates (except those that are de minimis) will be required for subject merchandise that is entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 2.

PET Film. The ITA has issued the final results of its administrative reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet and strip from India for the periods July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013 (AD ) and Jan. 1 through Dec, 31, 2013 (CV).

Weighted average dumping margins are zero for SRF Limited and 1.89 percent for Jindal Poly Films Limited. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 2.

Net subsidy rates are 2.03 percent for SRF Limited and 7.66 percent for Jindal Poly Films Limited. CV duties at these rates will be assessed on entries of subject merchandise during the period of review, and CV cash deposits at these rates will be required for shipments of subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 2.

Sunset Reviews. The ITA and ITC have initiated sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on the following products.

- preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India and Indonesia

- pressure-sensitive plastic tape from Italy

- hand trucks from China

Steel Pipe. The International Trade Administration has rescinded its administrative review of the AD duty order on circular welded carbon quality steel pipe from China for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, due to the withdrawal of the request for review. The ITA will now instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties on all appropriate entries at the cash deposit rate required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

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