A petition filed April 11 alleges that ceramic tile from China is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 178.22 percent to 428.58 percent.
The product covered by this petition is ceramic tile, regardless of the percent water absorption, including porcelain tile, vitreous tile, semi-vitreous tile, and non-vitreous tile. Covered goods include glazed and unglazed ceramic flooring and wall tile, countertop tile, paving tile, hearth tile, porcelain tile, mosaic cubes, finishing tile, and the like, whether or not the tile is on a backing. Imports of subject goods are classified under a number of subheadings in HTSUS headings 6905, 6907, and 6914.
The petitioner is also seeking to include ceramic tile produced in China that undergoes minor processing (a) in a third country prior to importation into the U.S. or (b) after importation. Such processing would include beveling, cutting, trimming, staining, painting, polishing, finishing, or any other processing that would otherwise not remove the tile from the scope if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope product.
Ceramic bricks properly classified under HTSUS 6904.10.00 through 6904.90.0000 are excluded from the scope of the petition.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on these products. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.
For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.