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AD/CV: New Reviews, Polyester Fiber, Power Transformers

Monday, March 19, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Fine Denier Polyester Fiber. The International Trade Administration has issued countervailing duty orders on fine denier polyester staple fiber from China and India, effective March 16. The ITA is also amending its final CV duty determinations to specify net subsidy rates of 37.75 percent for Jiangyin Hailun Chemical Fiber Co. Ltd. and 42.6 percent for all other producers/exporters. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess CV duties on unliquidated entries of subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Nov. 6, 2017 (except those occurring after the expiration of the provisional measures period), reinstitute the suspension of liquidation of entries of subject goods, assess CV duties, and require CV cash deposits at the net subsidy rates, which range from 37.75 percent to 47.57 percent for China and from 13.38 percent to 27.36 percent for India.

The product covered by these orders is fine denier polyester staple fiber, not carded or combed, measuring less than 3.3 decitex (3 denier) in diameter, whether coated or uncoated. Fine denier PSF is classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0025.

The following products are excluded from the scope of these orders: PSF equal to or greater than 3.3 decitex (more than 3 denier, inclusive), currently classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065; and low-melt PSF, defined as a bi-component polyester fiber having a polyester fiber component that melts at a lower temperature than the other polyester fiber component, which is currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0015.

Transformers. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on large power transformers from Korea for the period Aug. 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016, the ITA has determined a weighted average dumping margin of 60.81 percent for five producers or exporters. AD duties at this rate will be assessed on entries of subject goods during the period of review, and AD cash deposits at this rate will be required for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after March 16.

Polyester Staple Fiber. The ITA has initiated changed circumstances reviews to consider the possible revocation of the AD duty orders on PSF from Korea and Taiwan with respect to coarse denier low-melt PSF. Comments are due no later than March 26.

New Administrative Reviews. The ITA has initiated administrative reviews of the AD and/or CV duty orders on the following products for the periods Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

- welded stainless pressure pipe from India (AD, May 10, 2016, through Oct. 31, 2017; and CV, March 11 through Dec. 31, 2016)

- welded line pipe from Korea (AD; Dec. 1, 2016, through Nov. 30, 2017)

- potassium permanganate from China (AD)

- wooden bedroom furniture from China (AD)

- oil country tubular goods from China (CV)

- sugar from Mexico (CV suspension agreement)

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