Background

A petition filed Dec. 19 alleges that forged steel fluid end blocks from Germany, India, and Italy are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such items from China, Germany, India, and Italy are benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 69.37 percent for Germany, 12.82 percent for India, and 77.24 percent for Italy.

FEBs are typically used in the manufacture or service of hydraulic pumps. This petition covers (a) cut-to-length FEBs with a height of 8 to 40 inches, a width of 8 to 40 inches, and a length of 11 to 75 inches and (b) strings of FEBs with a height of 8 to 40 inches, a width of 8 to 40 inches, and a length up to 360 inches. They have a tensile strength of at least 70 KSI and a hardness of at least 140 HBW. FEBs may be unfinished or have undergone one or more of the following finishing operations: (a) milling one or more flat surfaces, (b) contour machining to custom shapes or dimensions, (c) drilling or boring holes, (d) heat treating, (e) painting, varnishing, or coating, (f) threading, and/or (g) the attachment of flanges, valves, seals, or connectors.

Subject fittings are normally entered under HTSUS subheadings 7218.91.0030, 7218.99.0030, 7224.90.0015, 7224.90.0045, 7326.19.0010, 7326.90.8688, or 8413.91.9055.

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 please contact trade attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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