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AD/CV: Polyester Fiber, Aluminum Extrusions, Pipe Fittings, Off-Road Tires, Citric Acid

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Polyester Staple Fiber. The International Trade Commission has made final affirmative antidumping injury determinations on low melt polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan. As a result, the International Trade Administration will issue AD duty orders on these products.

Aluminum Extrusions. In the final results of its administrative review of the countervailing duty order on aluminum extrusions from China for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, the International Trade Administration has determined a net subsidy rate of 198.61 percent for two companies. CV duties at this rate will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and CV cash deposits at this rate will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 25.

Pipe Fittings. The ITA has preliminarily determined that carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings exported from Malaysia that were completed in Malaysia using finished or unfinished butt-weld pipe fittings sourced from China are circumventing the AD duty order on butt-weld pipe fittings from China. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend entries of such goods, as well as butt-weld pipe fittings from Malaysia simply marked with “Malaysia” as the country of origin, and to require AD cash deposits for such goods, effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Aug. 21, 2017. The ITA will also instruct CBP to require AD cash deposits at the China-wide rate of 182.90 percent for such goods unless the importer/exporter can certify that the Chinese-origin finished or unfinished butt-weld pipe fittings completed in Malaysia were supplied by a Chinese manufacturer with a company-specific separate rate.

Off-Road Tires. Effective July 21, 2018, the ITA has revoked the CV duty order on new pneumatic off-the-road tires from Sri Lanka after determining in light of a court decision that the mandatory respondent received a net countervailable subsidy rate of 1.23 percent, which is de minimis.

Citric Acid. The ITA has issued AD duty orders on citric acid and citrate salts from Belgium, Colombia, and Thailand, effective July 25. AD cash deposits on entries of subject goods are currently required at the weighted average dumping margins of 19.30 percent for Belgium, 28.48 percent for Colombia, and 6.47 percent to 15.71 percent for Thailand.

These orders cover the following.

- all grades and granulation sizes of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate in their unblended forms, whether dry or in solution, and regardless of packaging type

- blends of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate as well as blends with other ingredients, such as sugar, where the unblended form(s) of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate constitute 40 percent or more, by weight, of the blend

- all forms of crude calcium citrate, including dicalcium citrate monohydrate, and tricalcium citrate tetrahydrate, which are intermediate products in the production of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate

- the hydrous and anhydrous forms of citric acid, the dihydrate and anhydrous forms of sodium citrate, otherwise known as citric acid sodium salt, and the monohydrate and monopotassium forms of potassium citrate

The scope does not include calcium citrate that satisfies the standards set forth in the U.S. Pharmacopeia and has been mixed with a functional excipient, such as dextrose or starch, where the excipient constitutes at least two percent, by weight, of the product.

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