The U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) announced in a Federal Register notice that it is proposing significant changes to its antidumping and countervailing duty regulations.  The last time such sweeping changes were undertaken were in 1997 after the WTO went into effect.  Commerce is requesting comments on the proposed changes by September 14, 2020.

Among the most significant changes outlined in Commerce’s proposal are the changes to its conduct of scope proceedings, which determine whether a certain product is subject to the scope of an AD or CVD order; and to circumvention proceedings where importers are alleged to be avoiding duties, often by using components from the subject country to assemble the product in another country not subject to the relevant AD/CVD order. Currently, both types of proceedings are governed by the same set of regulations in 19 C.F.R. §351.225.  Commerce’s proposal would separate the two proceedings into unique regulatory frameworks.
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On September 25, 2019, Petitioner American Glass Packaging Coalition filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Certain Glass Containers from the People’s Republic of China.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The merchandise covered by this investigation are certain glass containers with a nominal capacity of 0.059 liters (2.0 fluid

On July 8, 2019, Petitioners Advanced Extrusion Inc. (“Advanced Extrusion”), Ex-Tech Plastics, Inc. (“Ex-Tech”), and Multi-Plastics Extrusions, Inc. (“Multi-Plastics”) filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Sheet from Korea, Mexico and Oman.
Continue Reading Petition Summary: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Sheet from Korea, Mexico, and Oman

On July 9, 2019, Petitioner Wind Tower Trade Coalition filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam.
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On June 6, 2019, Petitioner Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Certain Collated Steel Staples from Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.
Continue Reading Petition Summary: Certain Collated Steel Staples from Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan

On May 28, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed action and modification of regulations regarding the benefit and specificity in Countervailing Duty Proceedings to address the issue of currency undervaluation in CVD proceedings.  The new regulation will authorize the use of countervailing duties on imports of goods from countries that “undervalue” their currency relative to the U.S. dollar.  While this is still a proposed rule, interested parties may comment on this modification no later than June 27, 2019.
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On May 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations on Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico. 
Continue Reading Commerce Issues Preliminary Determinations on Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany and Mexico

On May 29, 2019, the Commerce Department announced the initiation of four new investigations covering certain quartz surface products from India and Turkey.  The investigations will now proceed to the next phase where the International Trade Commission will make its preliminary injury finding on or about June 24, 2019.
Continue Reading Commerce Initiates Investigations on Quartz from India and Turkey