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AD/CV: Pipe, Polyester Fiber, Brightening Agents, Solar Cells, Bearings

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Steel Pipe. The International Trade Commission has scheduled an expedited sunset review of the antidumping duty order on seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Germany. Written comments are due by Jan. 16.  This review will result in either the revocation or continuation of this order.

Polyester Staple Fiber. The ITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD injury investigations of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan and its CV injury investigations of such goods from China and India. A hearing will be held Jan. 17, requests to appear at the hearing are due by Jan. 11, pre-hearing briefs are due by Jan. 10, post-hearing briefs are due by Jan. 23, and final comments are due by Feb. 13.

Brightening Agents. Effective Nov. 27, the International Trade Administration has continued the AD duty orders on stilbenic optical brightening agents from China and Taiwan. The stilbenic OBAs covered by these orders are all forms (whether free acid or salt) of compounds known as triazinylaminostilbenes (i.e., all derivatives of 4,4’-bis [1,3,5- triazin-2-yl] amino-2,2’-stilbenedisulfonic acid), except for all forms of 4,4’-bis[4-anilino-6-morpholino-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl] amino-2,2’-stilbenedisulfonic acid, C40H40N12O8S2 (Fluorescent Brightener 71).

Covered goods include final stilbenic OBA products as well as intermediate products that are themselves triazinylaminostilbenes produced during the synthesis of stilbenic OBA products. The orders cover the above-described compounds in any state (including powder, slurry, or solution), of any concentrations of active stilbenic OBA ingredient, as well as any compositions regardless of additives (i.e., mixtures or blends, whether of stilbenic OBAs with each other, or of stilbenic OBAs with additives that are not stilbenic OBAs), and in any type of packaging. Covered goods are classifiable under HTSUS 3204.20.8000 but may also enter under HTSUS 2933.69.6050, 2921.59.4000, and 2921.59.8090.

Solar Cells. The ITA has initiated a changed circumstances review of the AD and CV duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China to consider the possible revocation of these orders with respect to solar panels with surface area from 3,450 mm2 to 33,782 mm2 with one black wire and one red wire (each of type 22 AWG or 24 AWG not more than 206 mm in length when measured from panel extrusion) and not exceeding 2.9 volts, 1.1 amps, and 3.19 watts. Comments are due by Dec. 7.

Tapered Roller Bearings. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the AD duty order on tapered roller bearings and parts thereof, finished and unfinished, from China for the period June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017, with respect to four companies based on the timely withdrawal of the requests for review. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties on all appropriate entries of subject goods during this period at the AD cash deposit rates required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

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