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AD/CV: Request Reviews, Mechanical Tubing, Lumber, Wood Flooring, Paper

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Request New Reviews. The International Trade Administration is accepting through Jan. 31 requests for administrative reviews of the antidumping and/or countervailing duty orders on the following products for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017.

- pre-stressed concrete steel wire strand from Brazil, India, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand (AD)

- ferrovanadium from China and South Africa (AD)

- calcium hypochlorite from China (AD/CV)

- carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from China (AD/CV)

- crepe paper products from China (AD)

- folding gift boxes from China (AD)

- potassium permanganate from China (AD)

- wooden bedroom furniture from China (AD)

- oil country tubular goods from China (CV)

- circular welded carbon quality steel line pipe from China (CV)

- cut-to-length carbon steel from Russia (AD suspension agreement)

Mechanical Tubing. The ITA has amended its preliminary affirmative AD and/or CV determinations on cold-drawn mechanical tubing of carbon and alloy steel from China and Switzerland as follows.

- China: dumping margin lowered from 61.59 percent to 24.30 percent for Huacheng Import & Export Co. Ltd. (AD); Zhangjiagang Huacheng Industry Pipe Making Corporation corrected to Jiangsu Huacheng Industry Pipe Making Corporation (CV)

- Switzerland: dumping margins lowered from 34.15 percent to 23.33 percent for Benteler Rothrist AG, from 68.59 percent to 36.48 percent for Mubea Prazisionsstahlrohr AG and Mubea Inc., and from 36.17 percent to 24.10 percent for all other companies

The collection of AD cash deposits will be revised accordingly, retroactive to Nov. 22, 2017.

Softwood Lumber. The ITA has amended its final affirmative AD and CV duty determinations on softwood lumber products from Canada to specify dumping margins of 7.28 percent for Canfor Corporation and 6.04 percent for the “all others” category and to decrease the net subsidy rates from 18.19 percent to 17.99 percent for West Fraser Mills Ltd. and to 14.19 percent for the “all others” category. The ITA is also instructing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to refund any AD cash deposits for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after April 1, 2017, but before June 30, 2017, in light of the International Trade Commission’s negative critical circumstances determination.

The ITA has also issued AD and CV duty orders on softwood lumber products (lumber, siding, flooring, and certain other coniferous wood) from Canada, including the following.

- coniferous wood, sawn, or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, whether or not sanded, or whether or not finger-jointed, of an actual thickness exceeding six millimeters

- coniferous wood siding, flooring, and other coniferous wood (other than moldings and dowel rods), including strips and friezes for parquet flooring, that is continuously shaped (including tongued, grooved, rebated, chamfered, V-jointed, beaded, molded, rounded) along any of its edges, ends, or faces, whether or not planed, whether or not sanded, or whether or not end-jointed

- coniferous drilled and notched lumber and angle cut lumber

- coniferous lumber stacked on edge and fastened together with nails, whether or not with plywood sheathing

- components or parts of semi-finished or unassembled finished products made from subject goods that would otherwise meet the definition of the scope above

Finished products are not covered by these orders; e.g., I-joists, assembled pallets, cutting boards, assembled picture frames, and garage doors. In addition, the following items are excluded from these orders.

- softwood lumber products certified by the Atlantic Lumber Board as being first produced in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island from logs harvested in those provinces

- U.S.-origin lumber shipped to Canada for processing and imported into the U.S. if the processing occurring in Canada is limited to one or more of the following: kiln drying, planing to create smooth-to-size board, or sanding

- box spring frame kits if they contain two side rails, two end (or top) rails, and varying numbers of slats and meet specified requirements

- radius-cut box spring frame components, not exceeding 1” in actual thickness or 83” in length, ready for assembly without further processing

Wood Flooring. Effective Jan. 3, the ITA has continued its AD and CV duty orders on multilayered wood flooring from China.

Multilayered wood flooring is composed of an assembly of two or more layers or plies of wood veneer(s) in combination with a core. The several layers, along with the core, are glued or otherwise bonded together to form a final assembled product.

All multilayered wood flooring is covered by these orders without regard to the following.

- dimension (overall thickness, thickness of face ply, thickness of back ply, thickness of core, and thickness of inner plies; width; and length)

- wood species used for the face, back, and inner veneers

- core composition

- face grade

- being unfinished (i.e., without a finally finished surface to protect the face veneer from wear and tear) or prefinished (i.e., a coating applied to the face veneer such as oil or oil-modified or water-based polyurethanes, ultraviolet light cured polyurethanes, wax, epoxy-ester finishes, moisture-cured urethanes and acid-curing formaldehyde finishes)

- whether the face (or back) of the product is smooth, wire brushed, distressed by any method or multiple methods, or hand-scraped

- whether or not manufactured with any interlocking or connecting mechanism (e.g., tongue-and-groove construction or locking joints)

- whether it meets a particular industry or similar standard

The core may be composed of a range of materials, including hardwood or softwood veneer, particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, high-density fiberboard, stone and/or plastic composite, or strips of lumber placed edge-to-edge.

Specifically excluded from these orders are cork flooring and bamboo flooring, regardless of whether any of the sub-surface layers are made from wood. Also excluded is laminate flooring, which consists of a top wear layer sheet not made of wood, a decorative paper layer, a core-layer of HDF, and a stabilizing bottom layer.

Supercalendered Paper. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the CV duty order on supercalendered paper from Canada for the period Aug. 3 through Dec. 31, 2015, the ITA has determined net subsidy rates of 15.65 percent for Port Hawkesbury Paper LP, 1.79 percent for Resolute FP Canada Inc. and Resolute FP US Inc., and 5.13 percent for Irving Paper Limited.

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