NextGen Update: 2016

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The NextGen Update: 2016 provides an overview of where NextGen stands today, and where we’re going in the years to come.”

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U.S. EXPORT FACT SHEET — February 2016 Export Statistics Released April 5, 2016

EXPORT OVERVIEW:

– In February 2016, U.S. exports of goods and services increased 1.0 percent from January to $178.1 billion; imports

increased 1.3 percent to $225.1 billion over the same period. Exports of travel services reached a monthly record-high in

February, up 1.2 percent to $15.3 billion.

– In February 2016, the monthly U.S. goods and services trade deficit worsened by 2.6 percent to $47.1 billion when

compared to the previous month.

– Year–to-date through February 2016, exports of goods and services were down 5.5 percent from 2015, imports were down

2.1 percent and the balance worsened by 13.1 percent.

– In February, the average import price of crude oil was $27.48 per barrel, down 14.3 percent from the $32.06 recorded in

January and the lowest price per barrel since December 2003. Year-to-date, imports of crude oil totaled $13.2 billion, 41.9

percent below the 2015 level. This decrease is entirely due to a 45.4 percent drop in price.

– The year-to-date U.S. trade deficit in petroleum improved 55.6 percent from the prior year, while the comparable nonpetroleum

goods and services deficit worsened by 33.0 percent.

TRADE SPOTLIGHT: U.S. Trading Companies in 2014

– More than 304,000 U.S. companies exported goods in 2014, down slightly from 2013 but up 10 percent since 2009. Nearly

98 percent (297,519) of these companies were small- or medium-sized with fewer than 500 employees.

– SMEs were responsible for 33 percent of goods exports (by value) in 2014.

– Among all U.S. manufacturers that exported goods in 2014, nearly 97 percent were SMEs and exports from these

companies represented 20 percent of the value of exports from manufacturers.

– In 2014, wholesalers and other non-manufacturing firms (including unclassified firms) made up 76 percent of all SME

exporters, generating 65 percent of total SME exports.

– More than 408,000 U.S. companies engaged in goods trade in 2014.

– Of those companies that engaged in trade, 83,606 both exported and imported merchandise in 2014, of which 78,937 (94

percent) were SMEs.

– SMEs accounted for 97 percent (182,371) of identified importers in 2014.

– SMEs imported $642.9 billion in goods in 2014, which was a 4.0 percent increase from 2013. Known goods imports

overall increased by 3.6 percent in 2014.

– In 2014, 59 percent of all SME exporters (nearly three-fifths) posted sales to only one foreign market.

– Ninety-three percent of all SME exporters do business from a single U.S. location.

– 19 percent of SME exports go to affiliates (related parties) abroad.

– Canada is by far the most popular export destination for SMEs. In 2014, more than 88,000 SME exporting companies

registered sales to Canada.

– In 2014, more than 21,000 SMEs exported goods to South Korea and more than 14,000 SMEs exported goods to Colombia.

– The number of SME exporters sending goods to Korea increased by 972 companies since 2011.

– In 2014, almost 94,000 SMEs exported goods to the European Union.

– California had both the most exporters (75,722) and the most SME exporters (72,591) in 2014.

– The number of SMEs exporting from Illinois grew by approximately 400 between 2013 and 2014, the largest increase

among the 50 states. Mississippi saw the fastest growth in the number of SME exporters, up 9.0 percent in 2014.

U.S. Export Fact Sheets are prepared by ITA’s Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, (202) 482-3809

Click the follwing link for the complete fact sheet: http://trade.gov/press/press-releases/2016/export-factsheet-040516.pdf

Commerce Preliminarily Finds Countervailable Subsidization of Imports of Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from Pakistan

On April 4, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative preliminary

determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of circular welded carbon quality

steel pipe from Pakistan.

  • The CVD law provides U.S. business and workers with a transparent, quasi-judicial, and

internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the market distorting effects caused by

injurious subsidization of imports into the United States, establishing an opportunity to compete on a

level playing field.

  • For the purpose of CVD investigations, a countervailable subsidy is financial assistance from foreign

governments that benefits the production of goods from foreign companies and is limited to specific

enterprises or industries, or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic

goods over imported goods.

  • Commerce calculated a preliminary subsidy rate of 64.81 percent for the mandatory respondent,

International Industries Limited. The preliminary subsidy rate is based on facts available and adverse

inferences following Commerce’s preliminary determination that the mandatory respondent and the

Government of Pakistan had not fully cooperated in the investigation. All other exporters/producers

in Pakistan have also been assigned a preliminary subsidy rate of 64.81 percent.

  • As a result of the preliminary affirmative determination, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and

Border Protection to require cash deposits based on these preliminary rates.

  • The petitioners in this investigation are Bull Moose Tube Company (MO), EXLTUBE (MO),

Wheatland Tube (IL), and Western Tube & Conduit (CA).

  • The investigation covers welded carbon-quality steel pipes and tube, of circular cross-section, with an

outside diameter (O.D.) not more than nominal 16 inches (406.4 mm), regardless of wall thickness,

surface finish (e.g., black, galvanized, or painted), end finish (plain end, beveled end, grooved,

threaded, or threaded and coupled), or industry specification (e.g., American Society for Testing and

Materials International (ASTM), proprietary, or other), generally known as standard pipe, fence pipe

and tube, sprinkler pipe, and structural pipe (although subject product may also be referred to as

mechanical tubing). Specifically, the term “carbon quality” includes products in which:

(a) iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements;

(b) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and

(c) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, as indicated:

(i) 1.80 percent of manganese;

(ii) 2.25 percent of silicon;

(iii) 1.00 percent of copper;

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(iv) 0.50 percent of aluminum;

(v) 1.25 percent of chromium;

(vi) 0.30 percent of cobalt;

(vii) 0.40 percent of lead;

(viii) 1.25 percent of nickel;

(ix) 0.30 percent of tungsten;

(x) 0.15 percent of molybdenum;

(xi) 0.10 percent of niobium;

(xii) 0.41 percent of titanium;

(xiii) 0.15 percent of vanadium; or

(xiv) 0.15 percent of zirconium.

Covered products are generally made to standard O.D. and wall thickness combinations. Pipe multistenciled

to a standard and/or structural specification and to other specifications, such as American

Petroleum Institute (API) API-5L specification, may also be covered by the scope of these

investigations. In particular, such multi-stenciled merchandise is covered when it meets the physical

description set forth above, and also has one or more of the following characteristics: is 32 feet in

length or less; is less than 2.0 inches (50 mm) in outside diameter; has a galvanized and/or painted

(e.g., polyester coated) surface finish; or has a threaded and/or coupled end finish.

Standard pipe is ordinarily made to ASTM specifications A53, A135, and A795, but can also be

made to other specifications. Structural pipe is made primarily to ASTM specifications A252 and

A500. Standard and structural pipe may also be produced to proprietary specifications rather than to

industry specifications.

Sprinkler pipe is designed for sprinkler fire suppression systems and may be made to industry

specifications such as ASTM A53 or to proprietary specifications.

The scope of this investigation does not include:

(a) pipe suitable for use in boilers, superheaters, heat exchangers, refining furnaces and feedwater

heaters, whether or not cold drawn, which are defined by standards such as ASTM A178 or ASTM

A192;

(b) finished electrical conduit, i.e., Electrical Rigid Steel Conduit (aka Electrical Rigid Metal Conduit

and Electrical Rigid Metal Steel Conduit), Finished Electrical Metallic Tubing, and Electrical

Intermediate Metal Conduit, which are defined by specifications such as American National Standard

(ANSI) C80.1-2005, ANSI C80.3-2005, or ANSI C80.6-2005, and Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

(UL) UL-6, UL-797, or UL-1242;

(c) finished scaffolding, i.e., component parts of final, finished scaffolding that enter the United

States unassembled as a “kit.” A kit is understood to mean a packaged combination of component

parts that contains, at the time of importation, all of the necessary component parts to fully assemble

final, finished scaffolding;

(d) tube and pipe hollows for redrawing;

(e) oil country tubular goods produced to API specifications;

(f) line pipe produced to only API specifications, such as API 5L, and not multi-stenciled; and

(g) mechanical tubing, whether or not cold-drawn, other than what is included in the above

paragraphs.

The products subject to this investigation are currently classifiable in Harmonized Tariff Schedule of

the United States (HTSUS) statistical reporting numbers 7306.19.1010, 7306.19.1050, 7306.19.5110,

7306.19.5150, 7306.30.1000, 7306.30.5015, 7306.30.5020, 7306.30.5025, 7306.30.5032,

7306.30.5040, 7306.30.5055, 7306.30.5085, 7306.30.5090, 7306.50.1000, 7306.50.5030,

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7306.50.5050, and 7306.50.5070. The HTSUS subheadings above are provided for convenience and

U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive.

  • In 2014, imports of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from Pakistan were valued at an

estimated $17 million.

NEXT STEPS

  • Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this investigation on August 16, 2016,

unless the statutory deadline is extended.

  • If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, and the U.S. International Trade Commission

(ITC) makes an affirmative final determination that imports of circular welded carbon-quality steel

pipe from Pakistan materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce

will issue a CVD order. If either Commerce’s or the ITC’s final determination is negative, no CVD

order will be issued. The ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determination approximately 45

days after Commerce issues its final determination, if affirmative.

Click here to review the full press release: http://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-pakistan-circular-welded-carbon-quality-steel-pipe-cvd-prelim-040416.pdf

Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty Investigation of Imports of Phosphor Copper from the Republic of Korea–Fact Sheet

  • On March 30, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of the

antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of phosphor copper from the Republic of Korea

(Korea).

  • The AD law provides U.S. businesses and workers with a transparent, quasi-judicial, and

internationally-accepted mechanism to seek relief from the market-distorting effects caused by

injurious dumping of imports into the United States, establishing an opportunity to compete on a level

playing field.

  • For the purpose of AD investigations, dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the

United States at less than its fair value.

  • The petitioner is Metallurgical Products Company (PA).
  • The merchandise covered by this investigation is master alloys1 of copper containing between five

percent and 17 percent phosphorus by nominal weight, regardless of form (including but not limited to

shot, pellet, waffle, ingot, or nugget), and regardless of size or weight. Subject merchandise consists

predominantly of copper (by weight), and may contain other elements, including but not limited to

iron (Fe), lead (Pb), or tin (Sn), in small amounts (up to one percent by nominal weight). Phosphor

copper is frequently produced to JIS H2501 and ASTM B-644, Alloy 3A standards or higher;

however, merchandise covered by this investigation includes all phosphor copper, regardless of

whether the merchandise meets, fails to meet, or exceeds these standards.

  • Merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of

the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 7405.00.1000. This HTSUS subheading is provided for

convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of this investigation is

dispositive.

  • In 2015, imports of phosphor copper from Korea were valued at an estimated $4.3 million

See the full fact sheet by visiting http://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-korea-phosphor-copper-ad-initiation-033016.pdf