New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions Filed on Collated Steel Staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan

On June 6, 2019, Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools Inc. filed antidumping (AD) petitions on imports of certain collated steel staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan and a countervailing duty (CVD) petition on imports of certain collated steel staples from China.

The U.S. AD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States at less than “normal value.” The U.S. CVD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States with the benefit of foreign government subsidies.

For AD/CVD duties to be imposed, the U.S. government must determine not only that dumping and/or subsidies are occurring, but also that there is “material injury” (or threat thereof) by reason of the dumped and/or subsidized imports. Importers are liable for any potential AD/CVD duties imposed. In addition, these investigations could impact purchasers by increasing prices and/or decreasing supply of certain collated steel staples.

The scope of this investigation is certain collated steel staples. Certain collated steel staples subject to this proceeding are:

  • Made from steel wire having a nominal diameter from 0.0345 inch to 0.0830 inch, inclusive, have a nominal leg length from 0.25 inch to 3.0 inches, inclusive, and a nominal crown width from 0.187 inch to 1.125 inch, inclusive.
  • May be manufactured from any type of steel, and are included in the scope of the investigation regardless of whether they are uncoated or coated, and regardless of the type or number of coatings, including but not limited to coatings to inhibit corrosion.
  • May be collated using any material or combination of materials, including but not limited to adhesive, glue, and adhesive film or adhesive or paper tape.
  • Generally made to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification ASTM F1667-17, but can also be made to other specifications.
  • Currently classifiable under subheading 8305.20.00.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).

Source: The National Law Review

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