May 30, 2012
News Release 12-058
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-480 and 731-TA-1188 (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 high pressure steel cylinders from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and 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 and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China.

The Commission's public report High Pressure Steel Cylinders from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-480 and 731-TA-1188 (Final), USITC Publication 4328, June 2012) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after July 2, 2012, by emailing, 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


High Pressure Steel Cylinders from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-480 and 731-TA-1188 (Final)

Product Description: High pressure steel cylinders (HPSCs) are seamless, chromium-alloy steel containers designed specifically for transporting, storing, and dispensing compressed or liquefied gases. These cylinders are permanently impressed, either before or after importation, with the symbol of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT)-approved producer, as well as a DOT specification 3A, 3AX, 3AA, 3AAX, 3B, 3E, 3HT, 3T, or DOT-E (followed by a specific exemption number) per §178.36-178.68 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended. HPSCs included in these investigations have water capacities up to 450 liters and gas capacity ranges of 8-702 cubic feet, regardless of service pressures, physical dimensions, finishes, or coatings. Excluded are HPSCs produced to UN-ISO-9809-1 and 2 specifications and permanently impressed with ISO or UN symbols; and acetylene cylinders permanently impressed with DOT specification 8A or 8AL.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.  Petitioner:  Norris Cylinder Co., Longview, TX.
3.  Investigations instituted by the USITC:  May 11, 2011.
4.  Commission's hearing:  May 1, 2012.
5.  USITC vote:  May 30, 2012.
6.  USITC determinations and views to the U.S. Department of Commerce currently scheduled for:  June 11, 2012.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2011:  One.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Alabama and Texas.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2011: (1)
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2011: (1)
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2011: (1)

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject country during 2011: (1)
2.  From other countries during 2011: (1)
3.  Leading sources during 2011:  China, Canada, and Korea (in terms of quantities).

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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