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Commerce Grants Extension to NCA Until
January 14, 2005 to File Responses To
Supplemental Questionnaires in Candle
Circumvention Requests

January 4, 2005

In our last newsletter, we advised you that the U.S. Department of Commerce has postponed its decisions on whether to initiate circumvention inquiries that were requested by the National Candle Association ("NCA"). The new due dates for Commerce to decide are February 11, 2005, on the later-developed merchandise (LDM) petition, and February 15, 2005, for the minor alterations petition. These petitions requested that Commerce determine that imports of palm oil or vegetable-based wax candles are circumventing the antidumping order on petroleum wax candles from China.

In addition, Commerce issued to the NCA supplemental questionnaires regarding each of the two petitions. The responses to these questionnaires were due by December 27, 2004, but based upon a request for an extension by the NCA, Commerce has granted the NCA an extension until January 14, 2005 in which to file its responses.

Once these responses are filed, there will be an opportunity for importers and Chinese suppliers to file comments on the NCA questionnaire responses. Clearly, it will be important to refute any incorrect factual allegations made by the NCA.

If you are interested in joining our growing coalition to oppose these NCA petitions, we would be pleased to discuss this matter with you.

If you have any questions with regard to this newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Spraitzar at (415) 288-0427 or at, or George R. Tuttle at (415) 288-0425 or at

Stephen Spraitzar and George R. Tuttle are attorneys with the Law Offices of George R. Tuttle in San Francisco. The information in this article is general in nature, and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship with respect to any event or occurrence, and may not be considered as such.

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