The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced it will launch an investigation of certain programmable logic controllers, and related components, used to control the operation of machines that are typically part of factory assembly lines or other industrial applications.
As noted in an ITC release, the investigation is based on a complaint that alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC will assign the case to an administrative law judge (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337. This initial determination will be subject to review by the ITC. A final determination will then follow.
In a separate action, the ITC determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Norway that the U.S. Commerce Department determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan that Commerce determined are subsidized by the governments of those countries. An ITC release concludes that because of the “negative determinations,” no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued.
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