Potential New AD/CV Duties on Metal File Cabinets from China
On April 30, a new petition was filed by Hirsh Industries LLC that alleges that vertical metal file cabinets from China are being sold at less than fair market value in the U.S. market.
The products covered by this petition are freestanding vertical metal file cabinets containing extendable file storage elements with a width of 25 inches or less and a height greater than its width. These file cabinets have bodies of carbon and/or alloy steel and/or other metals, regardless of whether painted, powder coated, galvanized, or otherwise coated for corrosion protection or aesthetic appearance. They have two to five extendable file drawers of a height that permits hanging files of either letter- or legal-sized documents.
Imports of subject goods are classified under HTSUS 9403.10.0020.
Products excluded in this petition include vertical file cabinets with bodies made of plastic, wood, or other non-metallic substances, lateral file cabinets, pedestal file cabinets, and fireproof or fire resistant file cabinets that meet Underwriters Laboratories fire protection standard 72, class 350.
The Alleged Dumping Margins are 120.48-196.79%.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch an AD and/or CV duty and injury investigation. The projected date of an ITC Preliminary Conference is May 20, 2019.
Source: Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP