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AD/CV: Silica Fabric, Activated Carbon, Polyester Staple Fiber, Wood Flooring

Friday, February 10, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Silica Fabric. The International Trade Commission will hold an open meeting Feb. 15 to conduct a final vote in its antidumping and countervailing injury investigations of amorphous silica fabric from China. If this vote is affirmative the International Trade Administration will issue AD and CV duty orders on this product.

Activated Carbon. The ITA has amended the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on activated carbon from China for the period April 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013, pursuant to a court decision. Revised weighted average dumping margins range from $0.18/kg to $0.28/kg. If the court decision stands the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties on applicable entries of subject goods based on these rates. However, AD cash deposit rates will remain those established in the most recently completed review.

Polyester Staple Fiber. Effective Feb. 10, the ITA has continued for five years the AD duty orders on polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan.

PSF covered by these orders is defined as synthetic staple fibers, not carded, combed, or otherwise processed for spinning, of polyesters measuring 3.3 decitex (3 denier, inclusive) or more in diameter. These fibers are cut to lengths varying from one inch (25 mm) to five inches (127 mm). Covered fibers may be coated, usually with a silicon or other finish, or not coated. PSF is generally used as stuffing in sleeping bags, mattresses, ski jackets, comforters, cushions, pillows, and furniture. Subject PSF is currently classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065.

Excluded from the scope of these orders are (a) PSF of less than 3.3 decitex (less than 3 denier) currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.00.25, (b) PSF of 10 to 18 denier that is cut to lengths of 6 to 8 inches (fibers used in the manufacture of carpeting), and (c) low-melt PSF, which is a bi-component fiber with an outer sheath that melts at a significantly lower temperature than its inner core.

Wood Flooring. The ITA has corrected the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on multilayered wood flooring from China for the period Dec.1, 2013, through Nov. 30, 2014. Specifically, the ITA is rescinding this review with respect to Linyi Anying Wood Co. Ltd., which was incorrectly included within the China-wide entity, because it had no shipments of subject goods to the U.S. during the period of review. As a result, Anying will maintain its AD cash deposit rate from the most recently completed review in which it participated.

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