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AD/CV: Nails, Groundwood Paper, Steel Pipe, PET Resin

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Steel Nails. The International Trade Administration is continuing its antidumping duty order on steel nails from the United Arab Emirates, effective Oct. 19. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect AD cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of subject goods.

Nails covered by this order have a shaft length up to 12 inches, may be made of round wire or cut, and may be made of one piece or two or more pieces. They may be produced from any type of steel and have a variety of finishes, heads, shanks, point types, shaft lengths, and shaft diameters. Finishes include coating in vinyl, zinc (galvanized, whether by electroplating or hot-dipping one or more times), phosphate cement, and paint. Head styles include flat, projection, cupped, oval, brad, headless, double, countersunk, and sinker. Shank styles include smooth, barbed, screw threaded, ring shank, and fluted shank. Point styles include diamond, blunt, needle, chisel, and no point. Subject nails may be sold in bulk or may be collated into strips or coils using materials such as plastic, paper, or wire. They are classified under HTSUS 7317.00.55, 7317.00.65, and 7317.00.75.

Groundwood Paper. The ITA has postponed its countervailing duty determination on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada from Nov. 2 to Jan. 8 so there is sufficient time to thoroughly investigate each of the alleged subsidies.

Steel Pipe. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the CV duty order on circular welded carbon quality steel pipe from China for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess CV duties on all appropriate entries of subject goods at the CV cash deposit rates required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

PET Resin. The ITA has initiated AD duty investigations of polyethylene terephthalate resin from Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The alleged dumping margins are 18.76 percent to 115.87 percent for Brazil, 8.49 percent to 53.5 percent for Indonesia, 25.03 percent to 43.4 percent for Pakistan, 55.74 percent to 101.41 percent for South Korea, and 14.67 percent to 45.0 percent for Taiwan. The ITA’s final determinations are due by March 5, 2018.

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