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U.S. AD/CVD Updates: December 2020

Posted January 04, 2021


A brief summary of recent developments and enforcement actions taken by the Commerce Department, U.S. International Trade Administration, and the U.S. International Trade Commission with regards to current antidumping and/or countervailing duty cases.

Tires

Passenger Tires: On Dec. 30, Commerce announced an affirmative preliminarily determination in the AD investigations of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam after finding that that exporters in those countries have dumped the subject goods in the U.S. at rates of 14.24% to 38.07% (South Korea), 52.42% to 98.44% (Taiwan), 13.25% to 22.21% (Thailand), and up to 22.30% (Vietnam). Accordingly, Commerce CBP will be instructed to collect cash deposits based on the rates noted above. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations in these cases on or about May 14, 2021. The ITC has previously determined that there is a reasonable indication of material injury to domestic producers.

Wood Mouldings

Wood Mouldings and Millwork: On Dec. 29, Commerce announced affirmative final determinations in the AD and CVD investigations of wood mouldings and millwork products from China, as well as a negative final determination in the case of alleged dumping of the subject goods from Brazil. Commerce determined that Chinese exporters have dumped the subject goods into the U.S. at margins ranging from 44.60% to 230.36%, in addition receiving countervailable subsidies at rates ranging from 20.56% to 252.29%. The ITC is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about Feb. 11, 2021. Regarding such products imported from Brazil, having verified the zero-rate margin of dumping preliminarily determined on Aug. 5, Commerce issued a final negative determination confirming that the subject goods from that country are not currently being sold at less than fair value.

Phosphate Fertilizer

Phosphate Fertilizers: On Dec. 21, Commerce issued an amended preliminary determination of the CVD investigation concerning phosphate fertilizers imported from Morroco. The amendment corrects a number of significant “ministerial errors” in the original notice, with the result that the margin of subsidy has been adjusted downwards, from 23.46% to 16.88%. The change is retroactive to Nov. 30, 2020.  

Trailer Chassis

Chassis and Subassemblies: On Dec. 29, Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the CVD investigation of certain chassis and subassemblies thereof from China after finding that Chinese exporters/producers received countervailable subsidies at rates of 38.52%. CBP has been instructed to collect cash deposits at this rate, effective Jan. 4, 2021. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this case on or about March 16, 2021. 

Walk Behind Chinese Mower

Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers: On Dec. 23, Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the AD investigation of walk-behind lawn mowers imported from China and Vietnam that have found to be unfairly dumped into the U.S. at rates ranging from 67.95% to 84.26%, and from 183.87% to 221.34%, respectively. CBP has therefore been instructed to collect cash deposits at those rates, effective Dec. 30. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations in these cases on or about March 9, 2021. The ITC has previously determined there is a reasonable indication of material injury to the petitioner, MTD Products. 

Rongfa Twist Ties

Twist Ties: On Dec. 4, Commerce announced it had preliminarily determined that twist ties from China are being dumped into the U.S. at an adjusted margin of 72.96%. Accordingly, CBP has been instructed to collect cash deposits at that rate effective Dec. 10. A preliminary affirmative CVD determination regarding the subject goods was made on Dec. 1, with a countervailable subsidy rate of 122.5% established. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this case on or about Feb. 17, 2021.

Steel Pipes

Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe: On Dec. 8, Commerce announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the CVD investigations of the subject goods from Russia and South Korea, finding that exporters from those countries received countervailable subsidies at rates of 4.39%, and 2.13%, respectively. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final CVD determinations in these cases on or about April 19, 2021, and the ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about June 3, 2021.

Forged Steel Fluid End Blocks

Forged Steel Fluid End Blocks: On Dec. 8, Commerce announced affirmative final determinations in the AD investigations of the subject goods from Germany and Italy, and affirmative final determinations in the CVD investigations of same from China, Germany, India, and Italy. Commerce also announced a negative determination in the AD investigation of fluid end blocks from India. Exporters from Germany and Italy were determined to have dumped the subject goods at rates ranging from 3.82% to 70.84%, and up o 58.48%, respectively. Additionally, it was determined that exporters from China, Germany, India, and Italy received countervailable subsidies at the following rates: 16.8% to 337.07% (China); 5.86% to 14.81% (Germany); 5.2% (India); and 3.12% to 44.86% (Italy). The ITC is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about Jan. 21, 2021.

PC Strand (Steel Wire)

Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand: On Dec. 8, Commerce announced it has made a final determination that imports of prestressed concrete steel wire strand (PC strand) from several countries are being dumped into the U.S. at the following rates: 60.4% (Argentina), 86.09% (Colombia), 29.72% (Egypt), 30.86% (Netherlands), 194.4% (Saudi Arabia), 23.89% (Taiwan), 53.65% (Turkey), and 170.65% (United Arab Emirates).

Silicon Wafer

Silicon Metal: On Dec. 8, Commerce announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the AD investigations of silicon metal from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland. Commerce has preliminarily determined that exporters from those countries have dumped the subject goods in the U.S. at a rate of 21.41%, and at rates ranging from 37.83% to 47.54%, respectively.

Korean Cigarettes

Cigarettes: On Dec. 7, Commerce announced that it has made a final affirmative determination that so-called 4th tier cigarettes from South Korea are being, or are likely to be, dumped into the U.S. at a rate of 5.48%. CBP will therefore continue requiring cash deposits on the subject goods entered on or after July 22, 2020. The ITC has previously made an affirmative preliminary determination of material injury.

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