A petition filed June 6 alleges that collated steel staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such staples from China are benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 199.68 to 122.92 percent for China, 10.23 to 14.25 percent for Korea, and 47.35 percent for Taiwan.
The staples covered by this petition may be manufactured from any type of steel and are included in the scope regardless of whether they are uncoated or coated and regardless of the type or number of coatings, including those that inhibit corrosion. The staples may be collated using any material or combination of materials, including adhesive, glue, and adhesive film or paper tape.
Covered goods are currently classified under HTSUS 8305.20.0000.
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.
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