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AD/CV: Admin Reviews, Soil Pipe, Polyester Staple Fiber, Biodiesel, Rubber Bands

Friday, February 23, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New Admin Reviews. The International Trade Administration has initiated administrative reviews of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on the following goods for the periods Dec. 1, 2016, through Nov. 30, 2017 (AD), or Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016 (CV), unless otherwise noted. These reviews could result in revised AD/CV duty rates on these goods.

- carbazole violet pigment 23 from India (AD/CV)

- stainless steel wire rod from India (AD)

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

- circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from Oman (AD) and the United Arab Emirates (AD; June 8, 2016, through Nov. 30, 2017)

- welded line pipe from Korea (AD) and Turkey (AD/CV)

- hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel products from Russia (AD)

- steel wire garment hangers from Taiwan (AD)

- cased pencils from China (AD)

- crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China (AD/CV)

- honey from China (AD)

- multilayered wood flooring from China (AD/CV)

- supercalendered paper from Canada (CV)

- steel concrete reinforcing bar from Turkey (CV)

- sugar from Mexico (AD/CV suspension agreements)

Cast Iron Soil Pipe. The ITA has initiated AD and CV duty investigations of cast iron soil pipe from China. These investigations cover cast iron soil pipe, whether finished or unfinished, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications and regardless of wall thickness, length, diameter, surface finish, end finish, or stenciling. The scope of this investigation includes both hubless and hub and spigot cast iron soil pipe. Subject goods are currently classified under HTSUS 7303.00.0030.

Polyester Staple Fiber. In its sunset review of the AD duty order on PSF from China, the ITA has determined that revocation of this order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at weighted average margins up to 44.3 percent.

Biodiesel. The ITA has made final affirmative dumping determinations on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect AD cash deposits on entries of subject goods at the weighted average dumping margins, which range from 60.44 percent to 66.41 percent for Argentina and from 92.52 percent to 276.65 percent for Indonesia.

The ITA notes that it found that a particular market situation existed with respect to the respondents’ (a) home market sales in Argentina and Indonesia and (b) reported costs of soybeans and crude palm oil used in the production of biodiesel in Argentina and Indonesia, respectively.

Rubber Bands. The ITA has initiated AD and CV duty investigations of rubber bands from China, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Alleged dumping margins are 27.27 percent for China, 56.54 percent to 133.13 percent for Sri Lanka, and 28.92 percent to 78.36 percent for Thailand.

The products covered by these investigations are bands made of vulcanized rubber, with a flat length no less than ½ inch and no greater than 10 inches, a width of at least 3/64 inch and no greater than 2 inches, and a wall thickness from 0.020 inch to 0.125 inch. Subject products are included regardless of color or the inclusion of printed material on the rubber band’s surface or fastened to the rubber band by an adhesive or another temporary type of connection. The scope includes vulcanized rubber bands that are contained or otherwise exist in various forms and packages, including those included within a desk accessory set or other type of set or package and rubber band balls. Subject goods are currently classified under HTSUS 4016.99.3510 and may also enter under HTSUS 4016.99.6050.

The scope excludes products that consist of an elastomer loop and durable tag all in one as well as bands that are being used at the time of import to fasten an imported product.

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