SynopsisThe International Trade Administration has concluded its expedited sunset review of countervailing duties on stainless steel flanges from India. The review found that revoking the duties would likely result in the continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies for specific producers/exporters, with Bebitz Flanges Works Private Limited facing a 256.45% subsidy rate, and Echjay Forgings Private Limited and all others at 5.21%.Article:In a recent development, the International Trade Administration has concluded an expedited sunset review of countervailing duties pertaining to stainless steel flanges originating from India. This review, conducted under the purview of the Tariff Act of 1930, has shed light on the potential implications of revoking these duties on the industry.The journey began on October 5, 2018, when Commerce initially published the countervailing duty order on steel flanges from India. Subsequently, on May 1, 2023, Commerce initiated the first sunset review of this order in accordance with section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. This move marked a critical step in assessing the ongoing necessity of these duties.During the review process, Commerce received timely notices of intent to participate from Core Pipe Products, Inc. (Core Pipe) and Kerkau Manufacturing (Kerkau), collectively referred to as the domestic interested parties. These parties, identifying themselves as domestic producers involved in steel flange production within the United States, claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the Act.On May 31, 2023, Commerce received substantive responses from the domestic interested parties, providing valuable insights into the matter at hand. However, no substantive responses were received from other interested parties, including the Government of India, and no requests for a hearing were made. In response to this, on June 20, 2023, Commerce communicated to the U.S. International Trade Commission that an adequate substantive response from respondent interested parties had not been received.Consequently, in accordance with section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), Commerce conducted an expedited sunset review of the countervailing duty order.The final results of this sunset review are as follows:Bebitz Flanges Works Private Limited: 256.45% subsidy rate (percent ad valorem).Echjay Forgings Private Limited and All Others: 5.21% subsidy rate (percent ad valorem).ConclusionThese findings underscore the potential impact of revoking countervailing duties on stainless steel flanges from India. It is imperative to consider the implications for specific producers and exporters, as indicated by the substantial subsidy rates for Bebitz Flanges Works Private Limited and the 5.21% rate for Echjay Forgings Private Limited and all others. The decision regarding the continuation or revocation of these duties will have significant consequences for the industry and trade relations between the United States and India.