Aluminum Foil. The International Trade Commission has announced the schedule for the preliminary phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of aluminum foil from China. The conference will be held March 30 and written submissions are due by April 4. The ITC must reach a preliminary determination no later than April 24.

Aluminum foil is made from an aluminum alloy that contains between 92 and 99 percent aluminum. Usually between 0.00017 and 0.00787 inches thick, aluminum foil is produced in many widths and strengths for multiple applications. Aluminum foil provides a complete barrier to light, oxygen, moisture, and bacteria and for this reason is used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Aluminum foil is also used to manufacture thermal insulation for the construction industry, fin stock for air conditioners, electrical coils for transformers, capacitors for radios and televisions, and insulation for storage tanks.

The product covered by this investigation is aluminum foil having a thickness of 0.2 mm (0.00787 inches) or less, in reels exceeding 25 pounds, that is not backed, etched for use in capacitors, or cut to shape. Where the nominal and actual measurements vary, a product is within the scope if application of either the nominal or actual measurement would place it within the scope based on the definitions set forth above. Subject goods are currently classifiable under HTSUS 7607.11.3000, 7607.11.6000, 7607.11.9030, 7607.11.9060, 7607.11.9090, and 7607.19.6000.

Steel Plate. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the CV duty order on certain cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate from Korea for the period Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015, the International Trade Administration has determined a de minimis subsidy rate for one company and a 0.54 percent subsidy rate for six companies. The ITA also intends to rescind its review with respect to eight companies because there is no evidence on the record to indicate that these companies had sales of subject merchandise during the period of review.

Steel Rebar. The ITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of steel concrete reinforcing bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey. The prehearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record May 4 and a public version will be issued thereafter; prehearing briefs are due by May 11; requests to appear at the hearing are due by May 12; the pre-hearing conference will be held May 17; the hearing will be held May 18; and post-hearing briefs are due by May 25.

New Administrative Reviews. The ITA has initiated administrative reviews of the following AD and CV duty orders for the periods indicated below.

- potassium permanganate from China (AD; Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016)

- welded line pipe from Korea (AD; May 22, 2015, through Nov. 30, 2016)

- multilayered wood flooring from China (AD; Dec. 1, 2015, through Nov. 30, 2016)

- multilayered wood flooring from China (CV; Dec. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015)

- wooden bedroom furniture from China (AD; Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016)

Upcoming Sunset Reviews. The ITA has scheduled sunset reviews of the following AD duty orders for initiation in April. These reviews will result in either the revocation or continuation of these orders.

- fresh garlic from China

- stilbenic optical brightening agents from China and Taiwan

- steel nails from the United Arab Emirates

Scope Rulings. The ITA has published a list of scope rulings and anti-circumvention determinations made on the following AD and/or CV duty orders between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016.

- aluminum extrusions from China (AD/CV)

- certain lined paper products from China (AD)

- certain oil country tubular goods from China (AD/CV)

- multilayered wood flooring from China (AD/CV)

- non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China (AD)

- seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from China (AD/CV)

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