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AD/CV: Steel Bar, Steel Plate, Softwood Lumber, Rail Tie Wire, Sugar

Monday, December 05, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Stainless Steel Bar. In the final results of its changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel bar from Spain, the International Trade Administration has determined that Sidenor Aceros Especiales S.L. is the successor-in-interest to Gerdau Aceros Especiales Europa S.L. and is therefore entitled to Gerdau’s AD cash deposit rate. As a result, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect AD cash deposits on subject goods from Sidenor that are entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Dec. 2 at Gerdau’s cash deposit rate, which is currently zero.

Steel Plate. The ITA has amended its preliminary affirmative dumping determination on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from France to specify weighted average dumping margins of 4.26 percent to 6.43 percent. Because these amended rates result in reduced cash deposit rates they are effective retroactively to Nov. 14, 2016.

Softwood Lumber. The International Trade Commission has instituted and scheduled the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of softwood lumber products from Canada. A conference will be held Dec. 16, requests to appear at the conference are due by Dec. 14, written briefs are due by Dec. 21, and the ITC’s preliminary determinations are due by Jan. 9.

Rail Tie Wire. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the AD duty order on pre-stressed concrete steel rail tie wire from Mexico for the period June 1, 2015, through May 31, 2016, due to the timely withdrawal of the request for review. The ITA will instruct CBP to assess AD duties on entries of subject goods during this period at the cash deposit rates required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

Sugar. The ITA states that based on the current record of its ongoing administrative review of the agreement suspending the AD and CV duty investigations of sugar from Mexico for the period Dec. 19, 2014, through Nov. 30, 2015, there is some indication that some individual transactions of subject goods may not be in compliance with the terms of these agreements and that the agreements may no longer be meeting all of the statutory requirements. The ITA needs additional information before making definitive preliminary findings and therefore intends to seek comments following the release of the post-preliminary results.

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