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AD/CV Duty Orders Expected Soon on Quartz Surface Products from China

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New antidumping and countervailing duty orders on quartz surface products from China are expected to become effective soon after the International Trade Commission announced June 11 its final affirmative AD and CV injury determinations. Importers of these products will be liable for AD duties of 265.81 to 333.69 percent and CV duties of 45.32 to 190.99 percent. However, the ITC’s negative critical circumstances determination means imports of these products will not be subject to retroactive AD or CV duties.

Quartz surface products are used in a variety of applications such as countertops, tiles, bar tops, shower and tub surrounds, fireplace surrounds, walls, floors, bathroom vanities, and other furniture surfaces.

The forthcoming orders are expected to apply to slabs and other surfaces created from a mixture of materials that includes predominately silica (e.g., quartz, quartz powder, cristobalite) as well as a resin binder (e.g., an unsaturated polyester), regardless of size, thickness, shape, and type of surface finish, and whether polished or unpolished, cut or uncut, fabricated or not fabricated, cured or uncured, edged or not edged, finished or unfinished, thermoformed or not thermoformed, and packaged or unpackaged.

Goods likely to be subject to these orders are currently classified under HTSUS 6810.99.0010 and may also enter under subheadings 6810.11.0010, 6810.11.0070, 6810.19.1200, 6810.19.1400, 6810.19.5000, 6810.91.0000, 6810.99.0080, 6815.99.4070, 2506.10.0010, 2506.10.0050, 2506.20.0010, and 2506.20.0080.

Importers should be aware that some crushed glass surface products may now be included in the scope. Under a revised exclusion for such products, only those that meet each of the following criteria will not be subject to the forthcoming orders: (a) the crushed glass content is greater than any other single material by actual weight, (b) there are pieces of crushed glass visible across the surface of the product, (c) at least some of these pieces are larger than one centimeter wide, and (d) the distance between any single glass piece and the closest separate glass piece does not exceed three inches.

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

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