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AD/CV: Tires, Plywood, Rubber, Pipe Fittings

Friday, July 22, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Off-Road Tires. The International Trade Administration has amended its final affirmative dumping determination on new pneumatic off-the-road tires from China pursuant to a final and conclusive court decision. The ITA has determined a revised weighted average dumping margin of 13.92 percent for dozens of exporter/producer combinations. As a result, the ITA will issue revised instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection adjusting the cash deposit rate for such companies that do not have a superseding cash deposit rate, effective March 23, 2015.

Hardwood Plywood. The International Trade Commission has given notice of the court-ordered remand of its final negative AD and CV injury determinations on hardwood plywood from China. The ITC states that it is not reopening the record of this proceeding and will not accept new factual information but will permit the parties to file comments by Aug. 1 concerning how it could best comply with the court’s remand instructions.

Rubber. The ITA and ITC received July 21 a petition seeking AD duties on emulsion styrene butadiene rubber from Korea, Mexico and Poland.

The product covered is ESBR regardless of form. ESBR consists of cold non-pigmented rubbers and cold oil extended non-pigmented rubbers that contain at least one percent of organic acids from the emulsion polymerization process. ESBR is produced and sold in accordance with a generally accepted set of product specifications issued by the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers and the petition covers grades of ESBR included in the IISRP 1500. The 1500 grades are light in color and are often described as “clear” or “white rubber.” The 1700 grades are oil-extended and thus darker in color and are often called “brown rubber.” Covered products are currently classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 4002.19.0015 and 4002.19.0019.

Specifically excluded from the scope are products manufactured by blending ESBR with other polymers, high styrene resin master batch, carbon black master batch (i.e., IISRP 1600 and 1800 series) and latex (an intermediate product).

Pipe Fittings. In its sunset reviews of the AD duty orders on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Brazil, China, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand, the ITC has determined that revoking these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. As a result, these orders will remain in effect for five years.

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