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USITC Notices

New AD/CV Probes of Common Aluminium Sheet
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of common aluminium sheet classified under HTSUS 7606.11.3060, 7606.11.6000, 7606.12.3090, 7606.12.6000, 7606.91.3090, 7606.91.6080, 7606.92.3090, 7606.92.6080, 7606.11.3030, 7606.12.3030, 7606.91.3060, 7606.91.6040, 7606.92.3060, 7606.92.6040 and 7607.11.9090 from mainland China. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 14 December, a conference will be held on 21 December, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 27 December, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 12 January 2018.

Final Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determination on Hardwood Plywood
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its AD and CV investigations of mainland Chinese hardwood plywood products classified under HTSUS subheadings 4412.10.0500, 4412.31.0520, 4412.31.0540, 4412.31.0560, 4412.31.0620, 4412.31.0640, 4412.31.0660, 4412.31.2510, 4412.31.2520, 4412.31.2610, 4412.31.2620, 4412.31.4040, 4412.31.4050, 4412.31.4060, 4412.31.4075, 4412.31.4080, 4412.31.4140, 4412.31.4150, 4412.31.4160, 4412.31.4180, 4412.31.5125, 4412.31.5135, 4412.31.5155, 4412.31.5165, 4412.31.5175, 4412.31.5235, 4412.31.5255, 4412.31.5265, 4412.31.5275, 4412.31.6000, 4412.31.6100, 4412.31.9100, 4412.31.9200, 4412.32.0520, 4412.32.0540, 4412.32.0565, 4412.32.0570, 4412.32.0620, 4412.32.0640, 4412.32.0670, 4412.32.2510, 4412.32.2525, 4412.32.2530, 4412.32.2610, 4412.32.2630, 4412.32.3125, 4412.32.3135, 4412.32.3155, 4412.32.3165, 4412.32.3175, 4412.32.3185, 4412.32.3235, 4412.32.3255, 4412.32.3265, 4412.32.3275, 4412.32.3285, 4412.32.5600, 4412.32.3235, 4412.32.3255, 4412.32.3265, 4412.32.3275, 4412.32.3285, 4412.32.5700, 4412.94.1030, 4412.94.1050, 4412.94.3105, 4412.94.3111, 4412.94.3121, 4412.94.3141, 4412.94.3161, 4412.94.3175, 4412.94.4100, 4412.99.0600, 4412.99.1020, 4412.99.1030, 4412.99.1040, 4412.99.3110, 4412.99.3120, 4412.99.3130, 4412.99.3140, 4412.99.3150, 4412.99.3160, 4412.99.3170, 4412.99.4100, 4412.99.5115 and 4412.99.5710, 4412.99.6000, 4412.99.7000, 4412.99.8000, 4412.99.9000, 4412.10.9000, 4412.94.5100, 4412.94.9500 and 4412.99.9500. As a result, the DOC will issue AD and CV duty orders on imports of subject merchandise. The USITC also made a negative finding concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of subject merchandise, thereby dismissing the possibility of imposing retroactive AD/CV duties.

AD/CV Duty Orders on Wood Flooring Renewed
The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset reviews of the AD and CV duty orders on multi-layered wood flooring from mainland China. As a result, these orders will be extended for another five years.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Fine Denier Polyester Fibre
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of fine denier polyester staple fibre from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 3 January and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 10 January; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 11 January; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 12 January; the hearing will be held on 17 January; post-hearing briefs are due by 23 January; and final comments are due by 13 February.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Aluminium Foil
The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of aluminium foil from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 25 January and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs and requests to appear at the hearing are due by 1 February; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 6 February; the hearing will be held on 8 February; post-hearing briefs are due by 15 February; and final comments are due by 13 March.

Scheduling of AD Sunset Review on Silicon Metal
The USITC has scheduled the full sunset review of the AD duty order on silicon metal from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 27 February and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 8 March; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 12 March; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 14 March; the hearing will be held on 20 March; post-hearing briefs are due by 29 March; and final comments may be submitted by 24 April.

New Section 337 Investigation on Stevia-Based Flavours
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain glucosylated steviol glycosides and products containing the same from mainland China are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The products at issue in the investigation are stevia-based flavours and flavour modifiers for use in food and beverage products. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order, which would direct CBP to prohibit the entry of infringing products into the United States, and cease and desist orders, which would require the named respondents to cease actions that violate Section 337, including selling infringing imported articles out of U.S. inventory.

New Section 337 Investigation on Batteries and Electrochemical Devices
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain batteries and electrochemical devices containing composite separators, components thereof and products containing the same from various sources, including Hong Kong and mainland China, are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as a cease and desist order.

New Section 337 Investigation on Mounting Apparatuses for Electronic Devices
The USITC has instituted an investigation to determine whether imports of certain mainland Chinese mounting apparatuses for holding portable electronic devices and components thereof are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as a cease and desist order.

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