FAS 2021 UP3: Carbon steel fasteners
Conclusion of normal value review

Ottawa,

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today concluded a normal value review (review) to determine normal values and export prices of certain carbon steel fasteners (fasteners) exported to Canada from the People’s Republic of China (China) by Qifeng Precision Industry SCI‑TECH Corp. (Qifeng).

The review follows requests for re‑determination filed by importers and is part of the CBSA’s enforcement of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (CITT) order issued on September 2, 2020 in Expiry Review No. RR‑2019‑002, respecting the dumping of fasteners originating in or exported from China and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), and the subsidizing of such goods, originating in or exported from China, excluding fasteners specifically designed for application in the automotive or aerospace industry, in accordance with the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA).

The product definition and the applicable tariff classification numbers of the goods subject to the CITT’s order are contained in Appendix 1 (subject goods).

Period of investigation

For this review, the Period of Investigation (POI) was from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 and the Profitability Analysis Period (PAP) was from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Normal value review process

At the initiation of this review, on January 25, 2021, the CBSA sent Requests for Information (RFIs) to Qifeng and to other parties involved in the transactions in order to solicit information on the costs and selling prices of subject goods and like goods. The information was requested for purposes of determining normal values and export prices applicable to subject goods exported to Canada.

The responses to the CBSA’s RFIs, Supplemental RFIs and deficiency letter were received accordingly from Qifeng and Allyco Supply Ltd.

As part of the review, counsel on behalf of Leland Industries Inc. (Leland), a Canadian producer, submitted comments relating to this review prior to the close of the record as well as a case brief.

The issues raised in the commentsFootnote 1 and case briefFootnote 2 submitted on behalf of Leland concerned the deficiencies and completeness of Qifeng’s responses. Other representations made by Leland included: the incomplete domestic sales information, the incomplete costs of production, the increase in prices of wire rod since the end of the POI and the distorted input costs of Qifeng which support the existence of a particular market situation (PMS).

The representations submitted by all parties were given due consideration by the CBSA prior to the conclusion of this review.

Normal values for future shipments

The CBSA determined that the response to the RFI from Qifeng was insufficient for purposes of determining normal values and export prices.

On March 24, 2021, the CBSA sent a deficiency letter to Qifeng outlining the critical information that was missing and many incomplete or inaccurate responses. On April 21, 2021, in response to the deficiency letter, Qifeng submitted revised information and documentation. A review of the information provided revealed that some of the identified deficiencies in Qifeng’s response remained. The CBSA sent multiple Supplemental RFIs to Qifeng to obtain the required information and to seek clarification.

The review of the information on the administrative record revealed that the some of the critical deficiencies were not sufficiently addressed and the response remained incomplete. As a result, the CBSA has determined that the information provided by Qifeng was insufficient for the purposes of determining normal values.

The normal values for goods subject to this review, and released by the CBSA on or after October 7, 2021, will be determined in accordance with a ministerial specification based on the export price of the goods advanced by 170%.

Exporter responsibility

Please note that exporters with normal values are required to promptly inform the CBSA in writing of changes to domestic prices, costs, market conditions or terms of sale associated with the production and sales of the goods. If there are changes to the exporter’s domestic prices, costs, market conditions or terms of sale associated with the production and sales of the goods, and where the CBSA considers such changes to be significant, the normal values and export prices will be updated to reflect current conditions. All parties are cautioned that where there are increases in domestic prices, and/or costs as noted above, the export price should be increased accordingly to ensure that any sale made to Canada is not only above the normal value but at or above selling prices and full costs and profit of the goods in the exporter’s domestic market. If exporters do not properly notify the CBSA of any such changes, do not adjust export prices accordingly, or do not provide the information required to make any necessary adjustments to normal values and export prices, retroactive assessments will be applied where such action is warranted.

Importer responsibility

Importers are reminded that it is their responsibility to calculate and declare their anti‑dumping duty liability. If importers are using the services of a customs broker to clear importations, the brokerage firm should be advised that the goods are subject to SIMA measures and be provided with sufficient information necessary to clear the shipments. To determine their anti‑dumping liability, importers should contact the exporter(s) to obtain the applicable normal values. For further information on this matter, refer to Memorandum D14‑1‑2, Disclosure of Normal Values, Export Prices, and Amounts of Subsidy Established under the Special Import Measures Act.

The Customs Act (Act) applies, with any modifications that the circumstances require, with respect to the accounting and payment of anti‑dumping duties. As such, failure to pay the duties within the prescribed time will result in the application of the interest provisions of the Act.

Should the importer disagree with the determination made on any importation of goods, a request for re‑determination may be filed. For more information on how to file a request for re‑determination, please refer to the Guide for Appealing a Duty Assessment.

Information

Any questions concerning the above should be directed to:

Email: simaregistry-depotlmsi@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Appendix 1—Product definition

Subject goods definition

“Certain carbon steel fasteners originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), excluding fasteners specifically designed for application in the automotive or aerospace industry.”

The following table is a list of subject products included in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal's (CITT) findings/orders for certain carbon steel fasteners.

  Imperial Metric
  Diameter Length Diameter Length
Wood screws #4 to #24
(0.112" to 0.386")
3/8 to 8 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 200 mm
Square and hex lag screws #14 to #24
(1/4" to 0.386")
3/4 to 4 in. M6 to M10 20 mm to 100 mm
Sheet metal/tapping screws #4 to #24
(0.112" to 0.386")
3/8 to 8 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 200 mm
Thread forming screws #4 to #24
(0.112" to 0.386")
3/8 to 3 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 75 mm
Thread cutting screws #4 to #24
(0.112" to 0.386")
3/8 to 3 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 75 mm
Thread rolling screws #4 to #24
(0.112" to 0.386")
3/8 to 3 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 75 mm
Self‑drilling tapping screws #4 to #24
(0.112" to 0.386")
3/8 to 3 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 75 mm
Machine screws #4 to 3/8 in
(0.112" to 3/8")
3/8 to 8 in. M3 to M10 10 mm to 200 mm
Flange screws 1/4 to 5/8 in 3/8 to 4 in. M6 to M16 10 mm to 100 mm

The following products are excluded by the CITT in Inquiry No. NQ‑2004‑005, in Expiry Reviews No. RR‑2009‑001 and RR‑2014‑001, and in Interim Reviews No. RD‑2016‑001 and RD‑2016‑003 and, therefore, are not subject to anti‑dumping duty or countervailing duty.

The following products are excluded by the CITT's in Expiry Review No. RR‑2019‑002 and, therefore, are not subject to anti‑dumping duty or countervailing duty.

Additional product information

Tariff classification numbers

The importation of the subject goods are usually classified under the following tariff classification numbers:

  1. 7318.11.00.00
  2. 7318.12.00.00
  3. 7318.14.00.00
  4. 7318.15.00.10
  5. 7318.15.00.49

This listing of tariff classification numbers is for convenience of reference only. Refer to the product definition for authoritative details regarding the subject goods.

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