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AD/CV Update: Staples, Flanges, Biodiesel, Pipe Fittings, Titanium Sponge

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Staples. The International Trade Administration has postponed from Sept. 7 to Oct. 27 its preliminary antidumping duty determination on carton-closing staples from China.

Flanges. Effective Aug. 24, the ITA has issued AD duty orders on finished carbon steel flanges from India and Italy and a CV duty order on such flanges from India. The ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to continue assessing AD/CV duties and collecting AD/CV cash deposits at the applicable rates, which are 8.56 percent to 9.27 percent (AD) and 5.66 percent to 9.11 percent (CV) for India and 79.17 percent to 204.53 percent (AD) for Italy.

The scope of these orders covers finished carbon steel flanges, which differ from unfinished flanges (also known as carbon steel flange forgings) in that they have undergone further processing after forging; e.g., beveling, bore threading, center or step boring, face machining, taper boring, machining ends or surfaces, drilling bolt holes, and/or de-burring or shot blasting. Any one of these post-forging processes suffices to render the forging a finished carbon steel flange for purposes of this order. However, mere heat treatment (without any other further processing after forging) does not. All types of finished carbon steel flanges are included in the scope regardless of pipe size, pressure class, type of face, configuration, wall thickness, normalization, or whether or not heat treated.

Finished carbon steel flanges are currently classified under HTSUS 7307.91.5010 and 7307.91.5050 and may also be entered under HTSUS 7307.91.5030 and 7307.91.5070.

Biodiesel. The ITA has made affirmative preliminary CV duty determinations on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The ITA will instruct CBP to collect CV cash deposits on entries of subject goods at the preliminary net subsidy rates, which range from 50.29 percent to 64.17 percent for Argentina and 41.06 percent to 68.28 percent for Indonesia. The ITA also made an affirmative preliminary critical circumstances determination in both investigations, which allows for the collection of CV duties retroactive to 90 days before the preliminary determinations are published in the Federal Register. The ITA’s final determinations are due by Nov. 7.

Pipe Fittings. The International Trade Commission has made preliminary affirmative AD and CV injury determinations on cast iron soil pipe fittings from China. As a result, the ITA will continue its AD and CV duty investigations, with preliminary determinations due by Oct. 6 (CV) and Dec. 20 (AD).

Titanium Sponge. The ITC has instituted AD injury investigations of titanium sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan and a CV injury investigation of titanium sponge from Kazakhstan. A conference will be held Sept. 14, requests to appear at the conference are due by Sept. 12, written comments are due by Sept. 19, and the ITC’s preliminary determinations are due by Oct. 10.

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