April 19, 2012
News Release 12-043
Inv. No. 731-TA-1185 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain steel nails from the United Arab Emirates that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the USITC's affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from the United Arab Emirates.

The Commission's public report Certain Steel Nails from the United Arab Emirates (Investigation No. 731-TA-1185 (Final), USITC Publication 4321, May 2012) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after May 23, 2012, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Certain Steel Nails from the United Arab Emirates
Investigation No. 731-TA-1185 (Final)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are certain steel nails having a shaft length up to 12 inches. Certain steel nails include, but are not limited to, nails made of round wire and nails that are cut. Certain steel nails may be of one piece construction or constructed of two or more pieces. Certain steel nails may be produced from any type of steel, and have a variety of finishes, heads, shanks, point types, shaft lengths and shaft diameters. Certain steel nails may be sold in bulk, or they may be collated into strips or coils using materials such as plastic, paper, or wire. Certain steel nails subject to this investigation are currently classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States subheadings 7317.00.55, 7317.00.65, and 7317.00.75. A number of specific types of nails are excluded from this investigation, primarily certain types of roofing nails, and certain nails for use in powder- actuated or gas-actuated hand tools.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioner:  Mid Continent Nail Corporation, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  March 31, 2011.
4.  USITC hearing:  March 20, 2012.
5.  USITC vote:  April 19, 2012.
6.  Scheduled date for USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  May 2, 2012.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of U.S. producers: 12.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois,
          Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2011:  506.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2011:  $776,423,000.
5.  Ratio of the value of imports from the United Arab Emirates to total U.S. consumption in
          2011: 16.8 percent.

U.S. Imports:

1.  Total value of imports during 2011:  $592,634,000.
2.  Leading sources during 2011:  China, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, and Korea (in terms of
          total value).

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