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AD/CV Case Update: DOTP, Polyester Fiber, Mechanical Tubing, Steel Rod, Sinks, Tires

Monday, June 26, 2017
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DOTP. The International Trade Administration has made a final affirmative dumping determination on dioctyl terephthalate from Korea, with weighted average dumping margins of 2.71 percent to 4.08 percent. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect AD cash deposits on entries of subject goods at these rates.

The International Trade Commission is scheduled to make its final AD injury determination by Aug. 3. If that determination is affirmative the ITA will issue an AD duty order; otherwise, the investigation will be terminated.

Polyester Staple Fiber. The ITA has initiated AD duty investigations of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam and CV duty investigations of such goods from China and India. Alleged dumping margins are 88.07 percent to 103.06 percent for China, 21.43 percent for India, 37.28 percent to 45.23 percent for Korea, 31.07 percent to 56.72 percent for Taiwan, and 64.73 percent for Vietnam.

The scope of these investigations covers fine denier PSF, 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: (1) PSF equal to or greater than 3.3. decitex (more than 3 denier, inclusive), currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065; and (2) low-melt PSF, defined as a bi-component fiber with a polyester core and an outer polyester sheath that melts at a significantly lower temperature than its inner polyester core, currently classified under HTSUS 5503.20.0015.

Mechanical Tubing. The ITA has postponed from July 13 to Sept. 18 its preliminary CV duty determinations on cold-drawn mechanical tubing of carbon and alloy steel from China and India.

Steel Wire Rod. Effective June 23, the ITA has continued for five years the AD duty order on stainless steel wire rod from India. This order covers hot-rolled or hot-rolled annealed and/or pickled rounds, squares, octagons, hexagons, or other shapes, in coils. Wire rods are made of alloy steels containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with or without other elements. These products are only manufactured by hot-rolling and are normally sold in coiled form and are of solid cross-section. Subject wire rods are currently classifiable under HTSUS 7221.00.0005, 7221.00.0017, 7221.00.0018, 7221.00.0030, 7221.00.0045, and 7221.00.0075.

Sinks. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on drawn stainless steel sinks from China for the period April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016, the ITA has determined weighted average dumping margins of 1.68 percent to 1.80 percent for a dozen exporters. AD duties based on these rates will be assessed on 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 23.

The ITA also determined that New Shichu Import and Export Company Limited made no shipments of subject goods to the U.S. during the period of review.

Tires. The ITA has rescinded its new shipper reviews of the CV duty order on passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China for the period Dec. 1, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2016, and the AD duty order on such tires for the period Aug. 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016, both of which covered Shandong Xinghongyuan Tire Co. Ltd. As a result, AD and CV duties will be assessed on entries of subject goods from this company during the periods of review at the cash deposit rates required at the time of entry; i.e., the “all others” rates of 76.46 percent (AD) and 30.61 percent (CV).

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