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Ref. : EIC 111/3/10/1
18 October 2018
Commercial Information Circular No. 931/2018
US : Antidumping and Countervailing Actions against Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the Mainland of China : Initiation of Investigations
The US Department of Commerce (DoC) announced in the Federal Register (FR) notices of 16 October 2018 the initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations to determine whether imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from, among others, the Mainland of China were being, or were likely to be, sold in the US at less than fair value, and whether manufacturers/producers/exporters of refillable stainless steel kegs in the Mainland of China received countervailable subsidies. The relevant FR notices on the initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations are available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-16/pdf/2018-22482.pdf and https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-16/pdf/2018-22483.pdf.
2.DoC requests quantity and value (Q & V) information from relevant exporters and producers for use as the basis to select the mandatory respondents. The Q & V questionnaire as well as the filing instructions is available on the DoC's website at http://www.trade.gov/enforcement/news.asp. Exporters and producers wishing to obtain separate rate status in the antidumping investigation are required to submit a separate rate status application. The specific requirements for submitting the separate rate application are outlined in detail in the application itself, which is available on the DoC's website at http://enforcement.trade.gov/nme/nme-sep-rate.html. The separate rate application is due 30 days after publication of the FR notice. Also, exporters and producers who submit a separate rate status application and are selected as mandatory respondents are required to respond to all parts of the questionnaire as mandatory respondents to be eligible for separate rate status. DoC requests respondents to submit a response to the separate rate application by the deadlines in order to receive consideration for separate rate status. For further information on the countervailing investigation, traders may wish to contact DoC, whose contact details are set out in the above-mentioned FR notices.
3.For traders involved in the export of the subject product produced in Guangdong, please contact Li Xuefei, Director of Trade Remedy Division under the Guangdong Department of Commerce at 8620 3881 6201. The Division is responsible for, among others, guiding and coordinating enterprises in Guangdong Province in responding to AD investigations against products of the Province.
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