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AD/CV Notices: Corrosion-Resistant Steel, Barium Chloride, Fish Fillets

Monday, June 29, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Corrosion-Resistant Steel. The International Trade Administration has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan.

The products covered by these investigations are certain flat-rolled steel products, either clad, plated or coated with corrosion-resistant metals such as zinc, aluminum, or zinc-, aluminum-, nickel- or iron-based alloys, whether or not corrugated or painted, varnished, laminated, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances in addition to the metallic coating. The products covered include coils that have a width of 12.7 mm or greater, regardless of form of coil (e.g., in successively superimposed layers, spirally oscillating, etc.). The products covered also include products not in coils (e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness less than 4.75 mm and a width that is 12.7 mm or greater and that measures at least 10 times the thickness. The products covered also include products not in coils (e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more and a width exceeding 150 mm and measuring at least twice the thickness. The products described above may be rectangular, square, circular or other shape and include products of either rectangular or non-rectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling process; i.e., products that have been "worked after rolling" (e.g., products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges).

Steel products included in the scope of these investigations are products in which: 1) iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; (2) the carbon content is two percent or less, by weight; and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, respectively indicated: 2.50 percent of manganese, 3.30 percent of silicon, 1.50 percent of copper, 1.50 percent of aluminum, 1.25 percent of chromium, 0.30 percent of cobalt, 0.40 percent of lead, 2.00 percent of nickel, 0.30 percent of tungsten (also called wolfram), 0.80 percent of molybdenum, 0.10 percent of niobium (also called columbium), 0.30 percent of vanadium, or 0.30 percent of zirconium.

Unless specifically excluded, products are included in this scope regardless of levels of boron and titanium.

Specifically included are vacuum degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free) steels and high strength low alloy steels. IF steels are recognized as low carbon steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium and/or niobium added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium and molybdenum.

The scope also includes advanced high strength steels and ultra high strength steels, both of which are considered high tensile strength and high elongation steels.

The products subject to the investigations are currently classified in HTSUS subheadings 7210.30.0030, 7210.30.0060, 7210.41.0000, 7210.49.0030, 7210.49.0091, 7210.49.0095, 7210.61.0000, 7210.69.0000, 7210.70.6030, 7210.70.6060, 7210.70.6090, 7210.90.6000, 7210.90.9000, 7212.20.0000, 7212.30.1030, 7212.30.1090, 7212.30.3000, 7212.30.5000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7212.50.0000 and 7212.60.0000. The products subject to these investigations may also enter under the following HTSUS item numbers: 7210.90.1000, 7215.90.1000, 7215.90.3000, 7215.90.5000, 7217.20.1500, 7217.30.1530, 7217.30.1560, 7217.90.1000, 7217.90.5030, 7217.90.5060, 7217.90.5090, 7225.91.0000, 7225.92.0000, 7225.99.0090, 7226.99.0110, 7226.99.0130, 7226.99.0180, 7228.60.6000, 7228.60.8000, and 7229.90.1000.

The following products are outside of and/or specifically excluded from the scope of these investigations.

- Flat-rolled steel products either plated or coated with tin, lead, chromium, chromium oxides, both tin and lead (terne plate) or both chromium and chromium oxides (tin free steel), whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances in addition to the metallic coating.

- Clad products in straight lengths of 4.7625 mm or more in composite thickness and of a width that exceeds 150 mm and measures at least twice the thickness.

- Certain clad stainless flat-rolled products, which are three-layered corrosion-resistant flat-rolled steel products less than 4.75 mm in composite thickness that consist of a flat-rolled steel product clad on both sides with stainless steel in a 20 percent-60 percent-20 percent ratio.

Barium Chloride. In its sunset review of the AD duty order on barium chloride from China, the ITA has determined that revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at weighted average margins up to 155.5 percent.

Frozen Fish Fillets. The ITA has rescinded its new shipper reviews of the AD duty order on frozen fish fillets from Vietnam for the period Aug. 1, 2013, through Jan. 31, 2014, because it determined that the sales made by Nam Phuong Seafood Co. Ltd. and NTACO Corporation were not bona fide and do not provide a reasonable or reliable basis for calculating individual dumping margins.

The following AD deposit requirements continue to apply for all shipments of subject goods from Nam Phuong and NTACO: (1) for goods produced and exported by Nam Phuong or NTACO, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the Vietnam-wide rate ($2.39/kg); (2) for goods exported but not produced by Nam Phuong or NTACO, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the Vietnam-wide rate; and (3) for goods produced by Nam Phuong or NTACO but exported by any other party, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the exporter.

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