SynopsisThe U.S. Department of Commerce has concluded expedited sunset reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on stainless steel flanges from India and China. The results indicate that revoking these orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping and countervailable subsidies. This decision aims to protect domestic industries from unfair trade practices.ArticleIn the complex world of international trade, the United States Department of Commerce recently undertook expedited sunset reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders related to stainless steel flanges. These reviews focused on products originating from India and the People's Republic of China, aiming to assess the implications of revoking these duties.The backdrop of these reviews dates back to August 1, 2018, and October 9, 2018, when Commerce published the antidumping duty orders on stainless steel flanges from China and India, respectively. The initiation of the first sunset reviews, in line with the Tariff Act of 1930, occurred on May 1, 2023. During this process, Commerce received notices of intent to participate from Core Pipe Products, Inc. (Core Pipe) and Kerkau Manufacturing (Kerkau), both asserting their status as interested parties representing the domestic like product in the United States.Critical to the review process was the receipt of substantive responses from Core Pipe and Kerkau, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation. However, no substantive responses were received from respondent interested parties, including the Government of China. Consequently, an expedited (120-day) sunset review of the orders was conducted.As the culmination of these expedited sunset reviews, Commerce's determination points to the potential consequences of revoking the antidumping and countervailing duty orders. Revocation would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping, with estimated weighed-average margins reaching up to 145.25% for India and up to 257.11% for China.ConclusionThe findings from the expedited sunset reviews emphasize the Department of Commerce's commitment to ensuring fair and competitive trade practices. By maintaining these duty orders, the United States aims to protect domestic industries from the adverse effects of dumping and countervailable subsidies, thereby upholding the principles of equitable international trade.