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AD/CV: Bearings, Steel Racks, Citric Acid, Steel Plate, Hot-Rolled Steel

Monday, July 16, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Tapered Roller Bearings. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the antidumping duty order on tapered roller bearings and parts thereof, finished and unfinished, from China for the period June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017, the International Trade Administration has (a) determined a weighted average dumping margin of 6.87 percent for seven exporters and (b) found that 12 companies did not demonstrate that they are entitled to a separate rate and are therefore part of the China-wide entity, which is currently subject to an AD duty rate of 92.84 percent.

Steel Racks. The ITA has initiated AD and CV duty investigations of steel racks from China. Alleged dumping margins range from 130.0 to 144.5 percent.

The goods covered by these investigations are steel racks and parts thereof, assembled to any extent or unassembled, including vertical components (e.g., uprights, posts, or columns), horizontal or diagonal components (e.g., arms or beams), braces, frames, locking devices (i.e., end plates and beam connectors), and accessories (including rails, skid channels, skid rails, drum/coil beds, fork clearance bars, pallet supports, column and post protectors, end row and end aisle protectors, corner guards, row spacers, and wall ties). Subject goods are made of steel, including cold and/or hot-formed steel, regardless of the type of steel used to produce the components. Subject goods are currently classified under HTSUS 7326.90.8688, 9403.20.0080, and 9403.90.8041 and may also enter under HTSUS 7308.90.3000, 7308.90.6000, 7308.90.9590, and 9403.20.0090.

These investigations do not cover (1) decks (i.e., shelving that sits on or fits into the horizontal supports to provide the horizontal storage surface of the steel racks), (2) wire shelving units (i.e., shelves made from wire that incorporate both a wire deck and wire horizontal supports (taking the place of the horizontal beams and braces) into a single piece with tubular collars that slide over the posts and onto plastic sleeves snapped on the posts to create a finished unit, (3) pins, nuts, bolts, washers, and clips used as connecting devices, (4) non-steel components, (5) any products covered by the existing AD and CV duty orders on boltless steel shelving units prepackaged for sale from China, and (6) bulk-packed parts or components of boltless steel shelving units that were specifically excluded from the scope of the boltless steel shelving orders because they do not contain the steel vertical supports and horizontal supports packaged together for assembly into a completed boltless steel shelving unit.

Citric Acid and Citrate Salts. The International Trade Commission has made final affirmative AD injury determinations on citric acid and certain citrate salts from Belgium, Colombia, and Thailand. As a result, the ITA will shortly issue AD duty orders on these products.

Steel Plate. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate products from Korea for the period Feb. 1, 2016, through Jan. 31, 2017, the ITA has determined weighted average dumping margins of 0.90 percent and 11.64 percent for two producer/exporters. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 13.

Hot-Rolled Steel. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on hot-rolled steel flat products from Brazil for the period March 22, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, the ITA has determined a weighted average dumping margin of 34.28 percent for six exporter/producers. Adjusted for export subsidies, this rate is 30.21 percent.

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