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Preliminary Determinations in the Antidumping Duty Investigationson Imports of Diamond Sawblades and Parts Thereof from the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea
On December 21, the Department of Commerce announced its preliminary
determinations in the antidumping duty investigations
on imports of Diamond
Sawblades and Parts Thereof from the People's Republic of China (PRC)
and the Republic of Korea.
find that producers/exporters have sold diamond sawblades in the U.S.
market at less than fair value from the PRC, with margins ranging from
0.11 percent to 164.09 percent and from the Republic of Korea, with margins
ranging from 6.15 percent to 11.25 percent. As a result of these
preliminary determinations, the Department will instruct U.S. Customs
and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise
and to collect a bond or cash deposit based on the preliminary margins.
Next Steps: The Department will
consider all submitted comments from interested parties along with other
record evidence before making its final determination in May 2006. If
the Department makes a final determination that imports were sold below
fair value in these investigations, and the International Trade Commission
(ITC) makes a final affirmative determination that imports from the Republic
of Korea and PRC materially
injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry,
the Department will issue antidumping duty orders and instruct U.S. Customs
and Border Protection to collect cash deposits on imports of subject merchandise.
Petitioners: The petition requesting
these investigations was filed by the
Diamond Sawblade Manufacturers' Coalition, an ad hoc trade association,
as well as its individual members:
Blackhawk Diamond, Inc. (CA), Diamond B, Inc. (CA), Diamond Products (OH),
Dixie Diamond (GA), Hoffman Diamond (PA), Hyde Manufacturing (MA), Sanders
Saws (PA), Terra Diamond (UT), and Western Saw, Inc.
Product Description: The products
covered by these investigations are all finished circular sawblades, whether
slotted or not, with a working part that is comprised of a diamond segment
or segments, and parts thereof, regardless of specification or size, except
as specifically excluded below. Within the scope of these investigations
are semifinished diamond sawblades, including diamond sawblade cores and
diamond sawblade segments. Diamond sawblade cores are circular steel plates,
whether or not attached to non-steel plates, with slots. Diamond sawblade
cores are manufactured principally, but not exclusively, from alloy steel.
A diamond sawblade segment consists of a mixture of diamonds (whether
natural or synthetic, and regardless of the quantity of diamonds) and
metal powders (including, but not limited to, iron, cobalt, nickel, tungsten
carbide) that are formed together into a solid shape (from generally,
but not limited to, a heating and pressing process).
Sawblades with diamonds directly attached to the core with a resin or
electroplated bond, which thereby do not contain a diamond segment, are
not included within the scope of the investigation. Diamond sawblades
and/or sawblade cores with a thickness of less than 0.025 inches, or with
a thickness greater than 1.1 inches, are excluded from the scope of the
investigations. Circular steel plates that have a cutting edge of non-diamond
material, such as external teeth that protrude from the outer diameter
of the plate, whether or not finished, are excluded from the scope of
the investigations. Diamond sawblade cores with a Rockwell C hardness
of less than 25 are excluded from the scope of the investigations. Diamond
sawblades and/or diamond segment(s) with diamonds that predominantly have
a mesh size number greater than 240 (such as 250 or 260) are excluded
from the scope of the investigations.
Merchandise subject to these investigations is typically imported under
heading 8202.39.00.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United
States (HTSUS). When packaged together as a set for retail sale with an
item that is separately classified under headings 8202 to 8205 of the
HTSUS, diamond sawblades or parts thereof may be imported under heading
8206.00.00.00 of the HTSUS. The tariff classification is provided for
convenience and U.S. Customs and Border Protection purposes; however,
the written description of the scope of these investigations is dispositive.
Preliminary Dumping Margins:
* This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the Department of Commerce.
** This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.
Source: U.S. International Trade Commission, Dataweb
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