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AD/CV: Solar Cells, Wood Flooring, Silicon Metal, Shrimp, Pipes, Steel

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Solar Cells. In the final results of its administrative review of the countervailing duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, the International Trade Administration has determined a subsidy rate of 19.20 percent for three companies. CV duties at this rate will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and CV cash deposits at this rate will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 19.

Wood Flooring. The ITA has rescinded its new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on multilayered wood flooring from China for the period Dec. 1, 2013, through Nov. 30, 2014, after having determined that the sale made by Qingdao Barry Flooring Co. Ltd. is not bona fide.

Separately, in the final results of its administrative review of this AD duty order for the period Dec. 1, 2013, through Nov. 30, 2014, the ITA has determined weighted average dumping margins of zero to 17.37 percent for dozens of exporters. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 19.

Silicon Metal. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on silicon metal from China for the period June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015, the ITA has determined that the two companies under review, Shanghai Jinneng International Trade Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Jinfeng Hardware Plastics Co. Ltd., did not establish their eligibility for separate rate status and will thus be treated as part of the China-wide entity. As a result, AD duties at this rate will be assessed on entries of subject goods from these two companies during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at this rate will be required for subject goods from these two companies that are entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 20.

Shrimp. The ITA announced July 18 an agreement that resolves two World Trade Organization disputes concerning the AD duty order on frozen warmwater shrimp from Vietnam and provides a framework for the settlement of related U.S. court litigation as well as the resolution of outstanding duty claims covering various administrative reviews of the AD duty order.

As a result, Vietnamese exporter Minh Phu Group will no longer be subject to this order and certain of its AD cash deposits will be refunded. In addition, Minh Phu and its importers will be required to certify that Minh Phu is the producer and exporter of any shrimp it exports to the U.S. to ensure that other exporters are not circumventing the order. The order will remain in place for all other exporters from Vietnam.

Pipes and Tubes. The ITA has made final affirmative AD duty determinations on heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Korea, Mexico and Turkey and a final affirmative CV duty determination on such goods from Turkey. As a result, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect AD cash deposits on such imports at the applicable rates, which range from 2.34 percent to 3.82 percent for Korea, 3.83 percent to 5.21 percent for Mexico and 17.83 percent to 35.66 percent for Turkey. The net subsidy rates for Turkey range from 15.08 percent to 23.37 percent, but CV cash deposits at these rates will not be required unless and until the International Trade Commission makes a final affirmative CV injury determination.

Corrosion-Resistant Steel. The ITC has made final affirmative AD and CV injury determinations on corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan. As a result, the ITA will soon issue AD and CV duty orders on these goods.

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