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AD/CV: Clothes Washers, Polyester Staple Fiber, Steel Sheet and Strip, Tires

Monday, February 06, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Large Residential Washers. Effective Feb. 6, the International Trade Administration has issued an antidumping duty order on large residential washers from China. As a result, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties and require AD cash deposits on appropriate entries of subject goods at the weighted average dumping margins, which have been revised and range from 38.43 percent to 57.37 percent.

This order covers all automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of the orientation of the rotational axis, with a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of at least 24.5 inches (62.23 cm) and no more than 32.0 inches (81.28 cm), with certain exceptions. Also covered are the following parts used in large residential washers: (1) all cabinets, or portions thereof, designed for use in large residential washers; (2) all assembled tubs designed for use in large residential washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a tub and a seal; (3) all assembled baskets designed for use in large residential washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a side wrapper, a base, and a drive hub; and (4) any combination of the foregoing parts or subassemblies.

Covered products are currently classifiable under HTSUS 8450.20.0040 and 8450.20.0080 and may also enter under HTSUS 8450.11.0040, 8450.11.0080, 8450.90.2000, and 8450.90.6000.

The following are excluded from the scope of the order.

- stacked washer-dryers and commercial washers

- washers that (1) have a vertical rotational axis, (2) are top loading, and (3) have a drive train consisting of, among other things, a permanent split capacitor motor, a belt drive, and a flat wrap spring clutch

- washers that (1) have a horizontal rotational axis, (2) are front loading, and (3) have a drive train consisting of, among other things, a controlled induction motor and a belt drive

- washers that (1) have a horizontal rotational axis, (2) are front loading, and (3) have a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of more than 28.5 inches (72.39 cm)

Polyester Staple Fiber. In it sunset review of the AD duty orders on polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan, the International Trade Commission has determined that revocation of these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the U.S. within a reasonably foreseeable time. As a result, these orders will be continued for five years.

Steel Sheet and Strip. The ITA has made a final affirmative AD duty determination on stainless steel sheet and strip from China. As a result, the ITA will instruct CBP to collect AD cash deposits on entries of subject goods at the final weighted average dumping margins, which are 63.86 percent for non-selected separate rate respondents and 76.64 percent for the China-wide entity. The ITA also found that critical circumstances exist in this investigation with respect to all producers and exporters, meaning that CBP will be instructed to retroactively impose provisional measures on all entries of subject goods effective 90 days prior to the publication of the ITA’s preliminary determinations in the Federal Register.

The ITA has also made a final affirmative CV duty determination on subject goods, with subsidy rates of 75.60 percent and 190.71 percent. However, no CV cash deposits will be required unless and until the ITC issues a final affirmative CV injury determination. At such time the ITA would also reduce the AD cash deposit rates by 18.60 percent, the amount of the domestic subsidy pass-through and export subsidies. The ITA found that critical circumstances exist in this investigation with respect to two non-cooperative mandatory respondents and their cross-owned affiliates.

Off-Road Tires. The ITC has made a final affirmative AD injury determination on off-the-road tires from India and final affirmative CV injury determinations on such tires from India and Sri Lanka. As a result, the ITA will issue AD and CV duty orders on these goods.

The ITC also made negative critical circumstances determinations in its CV duty investigations. As a result, goods that entered the U.S. from these countries prior to June 20, 2016, will not be subject to retroactive CV duties.

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