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Preliminary Determinations of Countervailing Duty Investigations
on Imports of
On March 4, the Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of certain durum wheat and hard red spring wheat from Canada and its alignment of the final countervailing duty determinations with the final antidumping duty (AD) determinations.
Background: On October 23, 2002, the Department announced its decision to initiate AD and CVD investigations on imports of certain durum wheat and hard red spring wheat from Canada. On November 25, 2002, the United States International Trade Commission determined that there is a reasonable indication that industries in the United States are being materially injured by reasons of imports from Canada of durum and hard red spring wheat.
Petitioners: The petitions requesting these investigations were filed on behalf of the North Dakota Wheat Commission (hard red spring wheat), the Durum Growers Trade Action Committee (durum wheat), and the U.S. Durum Growers Association (durum wheat).
Import Statistics: Combined imports of durum and hard red spring wheats for the most recent marketing year were in excess in $300 million dollars.
The products covered by the hard red spring investigations are all varieties
of hard red spring wheat from Canada. This includes, but is not limited
to, varieties commonly referred to as Canada Western Red Spring, Canada
Western Extra Strong, and Canada Prairie Spring Red. The merchandise subject
to these investigations is currently classifiable in the HTSUS at subheadings
1001.90.10.00, 1001.90.20.05, 1001.90.20.11, 1001.90.20.12, 1001.90.20.13,
1001.90.20.14, 1001.90.20.16, 1001.90.20.19, 1001.90.20.21, 1001.90.20.22,
1001.90.20.23, 1001.90.20.24, 1001.90.20.26, 1001.90.20.29, 1001.90.20.35,
and 1001.90.20.96. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience
and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of these proceedings
Case Calendar for Countervailing Duty Investigations
***This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the DOC and the ITC.
Import Statistics: Durum Wheat
Hard Red Spring Wheat
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