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AD/CV Notices: Admin Reviews Initiated, Paper, Steel, Sawblades, Pipe

Friday, March 04, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Administrative Reviews Initiated. The International Trade Administration has initiated administrative reviews of the following antidumping and countervailing duty orders for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, unless otherwise noted. The ITA intends to issue the final results of these reviews by Jan. 31, 2017.

- pre-stressed concrete steel wire strand from Thailand (AD)

- fresh garlic from China (AD; Nov. 1, 2014, through Oct. 31, 2015)

- multilayered wood flooring from China (AD; Dec. 1, 2014, through Nov. 30, 2015)

- potassium permanganate from China (AD)

- wooden bedroom furniture from China (AD)

- calcium hypochlorite from China (CV; May 27, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2015)

Uncoated Paper. The ITA has issued AD duty orders on uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, China and Portugal and CV duty orders on such goods from China and Indonesia, effective March 3. The weighted average dumping margins are 138.87 percent to 222.46 percent for Australia, 22.37 percent to 41.39 percent for Brazil, 2.10 percent to 17.46 percent for Indonesia, 84.05 percent to 149 percent for China and 7.80 percent for Portugal. Net subsidy rates range from 21.21 percent to 109.14 percent for Indonesia and 7.23 percent to 176.75 percent for China.

AD and CV duties at these rates will be assessed on relevant entries. In addition, AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods from Australia, Brazil and Portugal and CV cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods from China and Indonesia. AD cash deposit rates for China and Indonesia have been adjusted for export subsidies found in the companion CV duty investigations and range from 83.92 to 148.87 percent for China and zero to 2.10 percent for Indonesia.

Additionally, due to the International Trade Commission’s negative critical circumstances determination on subject goods from Australia, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to lift the suspension of liquidation and refund any AD cash deposits with respect to entries entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after May 28, 2015, but before Aug. 26, 2015.

The goods covered by these orders include uncoated paper in sheet form, weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but not more than 150 grams per square meter, which either is a white paper with a GE brightness levelof 85 or higher or is a colored paper, whether or not surface-decorated, printed, embossed, perforated or punched, irrespective of the smoothness of the surface and irrespective of dimensions. Subject merchandise includes (a) uncoated free sheet paper that meets this scope definition, (b) uncoated ground wood paper produced from bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp that meets this scope definition, and (c) any other uncoated paper that meets this scope definition regardless of the type of pulp used to produce the paper. Covered merchandise is currently classified under HTSUS subheadings 4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000 and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of subject merchandise may also be classified under HTSUS subheadings 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080.

Excluded from the scope of these orders are paper printed products with final content of printed text or graphics and lined paper products, typically school supplies, composed of paper that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines that would make the paper unsuitable for copying or printing purposes. For purposes of this scope definition, paper shall be considered “printed with final content” where at least one side of the sheet has printed text and/or graphics that cover at least five percent of the surface area of the entire sheet.

Cold Rolled Steel. The ITA has made preliminary affirmative dumping determinations on cold rolled steel flat products from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom. As a result, the ITA will instruct CBP to require cash deposits on entries of subject goods at the preliminary dumping margins of 38.93 percent for Brazil, 265.79 percent for China, 6.78 percent for India, 71.35 percent for Japan, 2.17 percent to 6.89 percent for Korea, 12.62 percent to 16.89 percent for Russia, and 5.79 percent to 31.39 percent for the United Kingdom.

The ITA also preliminarily found that critical circumstances exist with respect to certain exporters from China, Japan and Russia. As a result, CBP will be instructed to impose provisional measures retroactively on subject goods from these entities up to 90 days prior to publication of this preliminary determination in the Federal Register.


Diamond Sawblades. In its changed circumstances review of the AD duty order on diamond sawblades and parts thereof from China, the ITA has preliminarily determined that Wuhan Wanbang Laser Diamond Tools Co. Ltd. is the successor-in-interest to Wuhan Wanbang Laser Diamond Tools Co. for purposes of determining AD duty liability and should therefore receive the same AD cash deposit rate. Interested parties may submit comments by March 17.

Pressure Pipe. The ITA has postponed to March 14 the deadline for its preliminary AD duty determination on welded stainless pressure pipe from India.

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