1 Sept 2017
New AD/CV Probes of Steel Flanges
The USITC has initiated the preliminary phase of AD and CV injury investigations of stainless steel flanges classified under HTSUS 7307.21.10 and 7307.21.50 from mainland China. The products covered by these investigations are certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished or finished, generally manufactured to the material specification of ASTM/ASME A/SA182 and made in alloys such as 304, 304L, 316 and 316L (or combinations thereof).
The scope includes six general types of flanges: (i) weld neck, used in butt-weld line connection; (ii) threaded, used for threaded line connections; (iii) slip-on, used to slide over pipe; (iv) lap joint, used with stub-ends/butt-weld line connections; (v) socket weld, used to fit pipe into a machine recession; and (vi) blind, used to seal off a line. The sizes and descriptions of the flanges within the scope include all pressure classes of ASME B16.5 and range from 0.5 inch to 24 inches nominal pipe size. Specifically excluded from the scope are cast stainless steel flanges, which are generally manufactured to specification ASTM A351.
Unfinished stainless steel flanges possess the approximate shape of finished stainless steel flanges and have not yet been machined to final specification after the initial casting, forging or like operations. These machining processes may include boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, bevelling, heating or compressing.
The country of origin for certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished or finished, is the country where the flange was forged. Subject merchandise includes stainless steel flanges as defined above that have been further processed in a third country, including processing such as boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, bevelling, heating or compressing, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations if performed in the country of manufacture of the stainless steel flanges.
A conference will be held on 6 September, post-conference briefs are due by 11 September, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 29 September.
Section 337 Investigation of Digital TV Set-Top Boxes Terminated
The USITC instituted on 3 March a Section 337 investigation of certain digital television set-top boxes, remote control devices and components thereof from mainland China. On 21 July, the complainants filed a motion for termination of the investigation based on the withdrawal of the complaint. The administrative law judge assigned to this case subsequently granted the motion and the USITC has decided not to review this decision.