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New AD/CV Duties Possible on Metal File Cabinets from China

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A petition filed April 30 alleges that vertical metal file cabinets from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 120.48 to 196.79 percent.

The products covered by this petition are freestanding vertical metal file cabinets containing extendable file storage elements, with a width of 25 inches or less and a height greater than their width. These file cabinets have bodies of carbon and/or alloy steel and/or other metals, regardless of whether painted, powder coated, galvanized, or otherwise coated for corrosion protection or aesthetic appearance. They have two to five extendable file drawers of a height that permits hanging files of either letter- or legal-sized documents. Imports of subject goods are classified under HTSUS 9403.10.0020.

The following are excluded from the scope of this petition: vertical file cabinets with bodies of plastic, wood, or other non-metallic substances; lateral file cabinets; pedestal file cabinets; and fireproof or fire-resistant file cabinets that meet UL fire protection standard 72, class 350.

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 contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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