Commerce Announces Initiation of Inquiry on
Whether Certain “Crimp Drive Anchors” are within the
Scope of the Antidumping Duty Order on Steel
Nails from the People’s Republic of China


June 23, 2017

In a letter issued to interested parties, the Department of Commerce has announced its intention to initiate a formal scope inquiry pursuant to 19 CFR § 351.225(e) as to whether “Crimp Drive Anchors” are within the scope of the Antidumping Duty Order on Steel Nails from the People’s Republic of China (A-570-909).

A crimp drive anchor is a one-piece expansion anchor intended to be installed in concrete, grout-filled block, or stone to hold a fixture or other parts against a masonry or stone surface. The anchor consists of a bent or undulated shank formed of resilient steel whose memory is such that when the shank is forcibly driven onto the predrilled masonry hole, the force seeks to straighten out the bend, and the resultant deformation exerts outward pressure against large contact areas on the wall of the hole, resulting in resistance against the withdrawal (or pullout) of the shank from the hole. 

Commerce is requesting interested parties to comment on whether crimp drive anchors should be treated as “nails,” and within the scope of the Antidumping Duty Order on Steel Nails from the People’s Republic of China (A-570-909). 

Comments should include whether crimp drive concrete and masonry anchors and nails share similar:

  1. physical characteristics;
  2. expectations of the ultimate purchasers;
  3. ultimate use of the product;
  4. channels of trade in which the product is sold; and
  5. manner in which the product is advertised and displayed.

Comments are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 3, 2017, and rebuttal comments are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 10, 2017.  Commerce intends to issue its final determination within 120 days from this initiation, no later than October 23, 2017, as specified in 19 CFR 351.225(f)(5).

For further information or questions about this or other customs issues, please contact George Tuttle, III, at george.tuttle.iii@tuttlelaw.com or 415-986-8780.

 

George R. Tuttle, III is an attorney with the Law Offices of George R. Tuttle in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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