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Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs From China, Germany, and Mexico

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On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (“LTFV”) and by reason of imports subsidized by the government of China.[2]

Commencement of Final Phase Investigations

Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission's rules, upon notice from the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations.


On September 20, 2018, American Keg Company, LLC, Pottstown, Pennsylvania filed a petition with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China and LTFV imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico. Accordingly, effective September 20, 2018, the Commission, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), instituted countervailing duty investigation No. 701-TA-610 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731-TA-1425-1427 (Preliminary).

Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of September 26, 2018 (83 FR 48652). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2018, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

The Commission made these determinations pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on November 5, 2018. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 4844 (November 2018), entitled Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico: Investigation Nos. 701-TA-610 and 731-TA-1425-1427 (Preliminary).

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: November 5, 2018.

Lisa Barton,

Secretary to the Commission.

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1.  The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

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2.  83 FR 52192 and 83 FR 52195 (October 16, 2018).

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[FR Doc. 2018-24515 Filed 11-8-18; 8:45 am]