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AD/CV Update: Pipe Fittings, Off-Road Tires, Solar Cells

Monday, August 28, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Pipe Fittings. The International Trade Administration has initiated an inquiry to determine whether carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Malaysia that were completed in Malaysia using finished or unfinished butt-weld pipe fittings sourced from China are circumventing the antidumping duty order on butt-weld pipe fittings from China. The petitioners allege that these pipe fittings have undergone minor finishing processes or were simply marked with “Malaysia” as the country of origin, in Malaysia, before export to the U.S. The petitioners are therefore requesting that the ITA treat all butt-weld pipe fittings imported from Malaysia, regardless of producer or exporter, as subject goods under the scope of this order and require AD cash deposits.

Off-Road Tires. The ITA has amended the final results of its administrative review of the countervailing duty order on new pneumatic off-the-road tires from China for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014, to specify net subsidy rates of 37.57 percent to 57.13 percent for three manufacturer/exporters. No CV duties at these rates will yet be assessed pending the resolution of a related court case, but CV cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after April 18, 2017.

Solar Cells. The ITA has amended the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China for the period Dec. 1, 2014, through Nov. 30, 2015, to specify weighted average dumping margins of 5.82 percent to 7.82 percent for numerous exporters. AD duties based on these rates will be required for entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at these rates will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after June 27, 2017.

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