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AD/CV Update: Flanges, Solar Products

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Flanges. A new petition has been filed seeking antidumping and countervailing duties on forged stainless steel flanges from China and India. The alleged dumping margins are 79.93 percent to 216.96 percent for China and 70.78 to 131.64 percent for India.

The products covered by this petition are certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished, generally manufactured to the material specification of ASTM/ASME A/SA182 and made in alloys such as 304, 304L, 316, and 316L or combinations thereof. The scope includes six general types of flanges: (1) weld neck, used in butt-weld line connection; (2) threaded, used for threaded line connections; (3) slip-on, used to slide over pipe; (4) lap joint, used with stub-ends/butt-weld line connections; (5) socket weld, used to fit pipe into a machine recession; and (6) blind, used to seal off a line.  The flanges within the scope include all pressure classes of ASME B16.5 and range from one-half inch to 24 inches nominal pipe size.

The petition covers subject flanges that have been further processed in a third country, including processing such as boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, beveling, heating, or compressing, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the flanges from the scope if performed in the country of their manufacture.

Subject flanges are typically imported under HTSUS 7307.21.1000 and 7303.21.5000.

Specifically excluded from the scope are cast stainless steel flanges, which generally are manufactured to specification ASTM A351.

Solar Products. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the AD duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China for the period Feb. 1, 2016, through Jan. 31, 2017, due to the timely withdrawal of the request for review. As a result, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties on all appropriate entries of subject goods at the AD cash deposit rates in effect at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

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