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AD/CV: Biodiesel, Hardwood Plywood, Steel Nails

Thursday, January 04, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Biodiesel. The International Trade Administration has issued countervailing duty orders on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, effective Jan. 4. Current CV cash deposit rates are 71.45 percent to 72.28 percent for Argentina and 34.45 percent to 64.73 percent for Indonesia.

Biodiesel is a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, including biologically-based waste oils or greases, and other biologically-based oil or fat sources. These orders cover biodiesel in pure form (B100) as well as fuel mixtures containing at least 99 percent biodiesel by volume (B99). The B100 product is currently classifiable under HTSUS 3826.00.1000 and the B99 product is currently classifiable under HTSUS 3826.00.3000.

Hardwood Plywood. The ITA has issued AD and CV duty orders on hardwood plywood products from China, effective Jan. 4. Current AD cash deposit rates are 171.55 percent to 183.36 percent and current CV cash deposit rates are 22.98 percent to 194.90 percent.

The goods subject to these orders are hardwood and decorative plywood and certain veneered panels. Hardwood and decorative plywood is defined as a generally flat, multilayered plywood or other veneered panel consisting of two or more layers or plies of wood veneers and a core, with the face and/or back veneer made of non-coniferous wood (hardwood) or bamboo. The veneers, along with the core, may be glued or otherwise bonded together.

All hardwood plywood is included within the scope of these orders regardless of (1) whether or not the face and/or back veneers are surface coated or covered, (2) whether or not such surface coatings or covers obscure the grain, textures, or markings of the wood, (3) whether the plywood is trimmed, cut-to-size, notched, punched, or drilled or has undergone other forms of minor processing, (4) dimension, and (5) further processing in a third country.

Steel Nails. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the AD duty order on steel nails from Vietnam for the period July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, due to the timely withdrawal of the request for review. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties on all appropriate entries of subject goods at the AD cash deposit rates required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

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