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New AD/CV Duties Possible on Forged Steel Fittings from India and Korea

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A petition filed Oct. 23 alleges that forged steel fittings from India and Korea are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such fittings from India are benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 114.47 percent for India and 45.03 to 198.67 percent for Korea.

This petition covers carbon and alloy forged steel fittings, whether unfinished (commonly known as blanks or rough forgings) or finished. Such fittings are made in a variety of shapes, including elbows, tees, crosses, laterals, couplings, reducers, caps, plugs, bushings, unions, and outlets. Forged steel fittings are covered regardless of end finish, nominal pipe size, pressure class rating, and wall thickness and whether or not heat treated. The scope includes integrally reinforced forged branch outlet fittings, regardless of whether they have one or more ends that is a socket welding, threaded, butt welding end, or other end connections.

Subject fittings are normally entered under HTSUS subheadings 7307.92.3010, 7307.92.3030, 7307.92.9000, 7307.93.3010, 7307.93.3040, 7307.93.6000, 7307.93.9010, 7307.93.9040, 7307.93.9060, 7307.99.1000, 7307.99.3000, 7307.99.5045, and 7307.99.5060. They also may be entered under HTSUS 7326.19.0010.

The following are excluded from the scope of petition.

- all fittings entirely made of stainless steel

- flanges, nipples, and all fittings that have a maximum pressure rating of 300 pounds per square inch or less

- fittings certified or made to the specified standards so long as they are not also manufactured to the specifications of ASME B16.11, MSS SP-79, MSS SP-83, MSS SP-97, ASTM A105, ASTM A350 and ASTM A182

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on these products. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.

For more information please contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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