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AD/CV Notices: Geogrid Products, Paper, Construction Castings, Steel, Pipe

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Geogrid Products. The International Trade Administration has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biaxial integral geogrid products from China. The petitioner is alleging dumping margins of 289.23 percent to 372.81 percent.

Biaxial integral geogrid products are used in the construction of paved and unpaved roads as well as in other construction projects, such as reinforcing foundations or working platforms that are built on top of unstable soils. They consist of a polymer grid or mesh material (whether or not finished, slit, cut-to-length, attached to woven or non-woven fabric or sheet material, or packaged) in which four-sided openings in the form of squares, rectangles, rhomboids, diamonds or other four-sided figures predominate. The products covered have integral strands that have been stretched to induce molecular orientation into the material (as evidenced by the strands being thinner toward the middle between the junctions than at the junctions themselves) constituting the sides of the openings and integral junctions where the strands intersect. The scope includes products in which four-sided figures predominate whether or not they also contain additional strands intersecting the four-sided figures and whether or not the inside corners of the four-sided figures are rounded off or not sharp angles. The products covered have a tensile strength of greater than 5 kilonewtons per meter in any direction and average overall flexural stiffness of more than 100,000 milligrams per centimeter.

Subject goods include material matching the above description that has been finished, packaged or otherwise further processed in a third country, including by trimming, slitting, coating, cutting, punching holes, stretching, attaching to woven or non-woven fabric or sheet material, or any other finishing, packaging or other further processing that would not otherwise remove the goods from the scope if performed in the country of manufacture of the biaxial integral geogrid.

Subject goods are currently classified under HTSUS subheading 3926.90.9995 and may also enter under subheadings 3920.20.0050 and 3925.90.0000.

Coated Paper. In its sunset review of the CV duty order on coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses from China, the ITA has determined that revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at rates of 19.46 percent to 202.84 percent.

Lined Paper. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the CV duty order on lined paper products from India for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014, with respect to Navneet Education Ltd. and Kokuyo Riddhi Paper Products Private Limited. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess CV duties on all entries of subject goods from these companies at the CV cash deposit rates required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.  

Uncoated Paper. The International Trade Commission has made final affirmative AD injury determinations on uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal and final affirmative CV injury determinations on uncoated paper from China and Indonesia. As a result, the ITA will soon issue AD and/or CV duty orders on these goods.

Iron Construction Castings. In its sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on iron construction castings from Brazil, Canada and China, the ITA has determined that revocation of these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at margins up to 58.74 percent for Brazil, up to 25.52 percent for China and above de minimis for Canada.

Corrosion-Resistant Steel. The ITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan. A hearing will be held May 26, requests to appear at the hearing are due by May 20, pre-hearing briefs are due by May 19, and post-hearing briefs are due by June 3.

Steel Wire Rod. The ITC has revised the schedule for its sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on stainless steel wire rod from Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain and Taiwan as follows: pre-hearing briefs are due by May 10, requests to appear at the hearing are due by May 11, a pre-hearing conference will be held May 16 if deemed necessary, a hearing will be held May 18, post-hearing briefs are due by May 27, and final comments are due by June 29.

Pipe. In its sunset review of the AD duty order on seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line and pressure pipe from China, the ITA has determined that revocation of this order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at weighted average margins up to 98.74 percent.

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