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53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers from China Do Not Materially Retard U.S. Industry, Says USITC

May 19, 2015
News Release 15-042
Inv. No. 701-TA-514 and 731-TA-1250 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers from China Do Not Materially Retard U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that the establishment of a U.S. industry is not materially retarded by reason of imports of 53-foot domestic dry containers from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent, Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, David S. Johanson, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the negative.  Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in the final phase of these investigations.

As a result of the USITC’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued on imports of these products from China.

The Commission’s public report 53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers from China  (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-514 and 731-TA-1250 (Final), USITC Publication 4537, June 2015) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by June 22, 2015; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:



Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-514 and 731-TA-1250 (Final)


Product Description: The product subject to investigation includes closed van containers exceeding 48 feet, but generally measuring 53 feet in length, which are designed to transport dry goods primarily by rail or by road vehicles, or by a combination of both modes, largely within North America. Domestic containers are closed on all sides, including the top, and accessed through lockable double doors at one end. Domestic containers are “dry” because they are not designed or intended for carrying liquids or goods requiring refrigeration. In addition, domestic containers have various handlings and fittings so that the containers can be lifted and then mounted on various platforms, such as a chassis, a railroad well car, or a ship, for movement.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations: Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioner: Stoughton Trailers, LLC.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: April 23, 2014.
4. USITC hearing: April 16, 2015.
5. USITC vote: May 19, 2015.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: June 1, 2015.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. producers in 2014: 2.
2. Location of producers’ plants: Wisconsin and Alabama.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2014: [1]
4. U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments in 2014: 1
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2014: 1
6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2014: 1

U.S. Imports in 2014:
1. From the subject countries during 2014: 1
2. From other countries during 2014: 1
3. Leading sources during 2014: China.


[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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