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AD/CV: Steel Kegs, Aluminum Wire and Cable, Mattresses, PTFE Resin, Steel Fittings, Steel Products

Monday, September 24, 2018
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Steel Kegs, Aluminum Wire and Cable. Separate petitions filed Sept. 19 and Sept. 21 allege that refillable steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico and aluminum wire and cable from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market, and that subject merchandise from China is also benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 196.55 percent (China), 76.36 percent (Germany), and 25.39 percent (Mexico) in the steel keg petition, and range from 53.2 percent to 63.1 percent in the aluminum wire and cable petition.

The Department of Commerce and the ITC will next determine whether to launch AD and 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 trade counsel as soon as possible.

Mattresses. The ITC has initiated and scheduled the preliminary phase of its AD injury investigation of mattresses from China. A conference will be held Oct. 9, requests to appear at the conference are due by Oct. 4, and comments are due by Oct. 12.

PTFE Resin. The International Trade Administration has made final affirmative AD determinations on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from China and India, establishing dumping margins of 54.41 percent to 218.88 percent for China and 22.78 percent for India. If the ITC issues final affirmative injury determinations in this case, the ITA will issue AD duty orders on subject merchandise.

Steel Fittings. The ITA has issued an AD duty order on forged steel fittings from Taiwan, with imports of such goods subject to an AD duty rate of 116.17 percent.

Steel Products. Pursuant to a court decision the ITA has amended the final determination in its CV duty investigation on certain cold-rolled steel flat products from Korea by amending POSCO’s subsidy rate from 59.72 percent to 42.61 percent.

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