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AD/CV: Off-Road Tires, Steel Wheels, Aluminum Sheet, Aluminum Foil, Polyester Fiber

Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Off-Road Tires. In a favorable ruling won by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, the Court of International Trade has directed the International Trade Administration to recalculate the countervailing duty rate for off-the-road rubber tires from Sri Lanka applicable to the sole mandatory respondent.

Steel Wheels. The ITA has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of steel wheels from China. The alleged dumping margins are 12.1 percent to 231.7 percent.

The scope of these investigations is certain on-the-road steel wheels, discs, and rims for tubeless tires, with a nominal rim diameter of 22.5 inches and 24.5 inches, regardless of width. These wheels are generally for Class 6, 7, and 8 commercial vehicles, including tractors, semi-trailers, dump trucks, garbage trucks, concrete mixers, and buses. Imports of subject goods are currently classified under HTSUS 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.4560, 8708.70.6030, 8708.70.6060, 8716.90.5045, and 8716.90.5059 and may also enter under HTSUS 4011.20.1015, 4011.20.5020, and 8708.99.4850.

Excluded from the scope are (1) steel wheels for tube-type tires that require a removable side ring, (2) aluminum wheels, (3) wheels where steel represents less than 50 percent of the product by weight, and (4) steel wheels that do not meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements, other than the rim marking requirements found in 49 C.F.R. § 571.120S5.2.

Aluminum Sheet. The ITA has made a preliminary affirmative CV duty determination on common alloy aluminum sheet from China. As a result, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require CV cash deposits at the preliminary net subsidy rates, which range from 31.2 percent to 113.3 percent.

Aluminum Foil. The ITA has issued AD and CV duty orders on aluminum foil from China. The product covered by these orders is aluminum foil having a thickness of 0.2 mm or less, in reels exceeding 25 pounds, regardless of width. Regardless of specification, all aluminum foil meeting the scope description is included in the scope, including aluminum foil to which lubricant has been applied to one or both sides. Covered products are currently classifiable under HTSUS 7607.11.3000, 7607.11.6000, 7607.11.9030, 7607.11.9060, 7607.11.9090, and 7607.19.6000 and may also be entered under HTSUS 7606.11.3060, 7606.11.6000, 7606.12.3045, 7606.12.3055, 7606.12.3090, 7606.12.6000, 7606.91.3090, 7606.91.6080, 7606.92.3090, and 7606.92.6080.

Excluded from the scope is aluminum foil that is backed with paper, paperboard, plastics, or similar backing materials on one side or both sides as well as etched capacitor foil and aluminum foil that is cut to shape.

The ITA is also amending its final affirmative AD and CV duty determinations on this product to specify weighted average dumping margins of 48.64 percent to 105.80 percent and net subsidy rates of 17.14 percent to 80.52 percent for the named producer/exporter combinations. However, the AD cash deposit rates have been reduced for subsidy offset.

Polyester Staple Fiber. In the preliminary results of its changed circumstances reviews of the AD duty orders on polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan, the ITA has announced its intent to revoke these orders with respect to low-melt PSF. Comments are due by April 30.

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