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AD/CV Update: Lumber, Solar Products, Washers, Biodiesel, Rubber

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Softwood Lumber. The International Trade Commission has scheduled the final phase of its antidumping and countervailing injury investigations of softwood lumber from Canada. A hearing will be held Sept. 12, requests to appear at the hearing are due by Sept. 6, pre-hearing briefs are due by Sept. 5, post-hearing briefs are due by Sept. 19, and final comments are due by Oct. 10.

Solar Products. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China for the period July 31, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2016, the International Trade Administration has determined a weighted average dumping margin of 9.61 percent for eight exporters. AD duties based on this rate will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at this rate will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 12.

Washers. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on large residential washers from Mexico for the period Feb. 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016, the ITA has determined a weighted average dumping margin of 3.67 percent for one manufacturer/exporter. AD duties based on this rate will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at this rate will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 12.

Biodiesel. The National Biodiesel Board has filed an allegation with the ITA claiming that imports of biodiesel from Argentina have increased 144.5 percent since the filing of AD and CV petitions earlier this year. If the ITA makes an affirmative critical circumstances determination it could impose retroactive AD and CV duties.

Rubber. The ITA has made final affirmative dumping determinations on emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber from Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Poland. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect AD cash deposits on imports of such goods at the weighted average dumping margins, which are 19.61 percent for Brazil, 9.66 percent to 44.3 percent for Korea, 19.52 percent for Mexico, and 25.43 percent for Poland.

The ITA has also made an affirmative critical circumstances determination for two non-cooperative mandatory respondents from Korea. As a result, CBP will be instructed to impose AD duties on entries from those companies retroactive to 90 days before the ITA’s preliminary determination was published in the Federal Register. However, the ITA made a negative critical circumstances determination with respect to imports from Brazil.

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