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Boltless Steel Shelving Units Prepackaged for Sale from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

September 15, 2015
News Release 15-087
Inv. No. 701-TA-523 and 731-TA-1259
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Boltless Steel Shelving Units Prepackaged for Sale from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of boltless steel shelving units prepackaged for sale from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative. Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, F. Scott Kieff, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein made affirmative determinations on the basis of present injury.  Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent and Commissioner David S. Johanson made affirmative determinations on the basis of threat.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China.

The Commission’s public report Boltless Steel Shelving Units Prepackaged for Sale from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-523 and 731-TA-1259 (Final), USITC Publication 4565, September 2015) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by October 19, 2015; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:




Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Boltless Steel Shelving Units Prepackaged for Sale from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-523 and 731-TA-1259 (Final)

Product Description:  Boltless steel shelving units that are prepackaged for sale are used for storage in homes, basements, garages, offices, and commercial and industrial operations. “Boltless” refers to a system of assembly that uses rivets or other protrusions on horizontal support members that fit into slots in the vertical posts of the units. By avoiding the need for nuts and bolts, screws, or tubular collars on the posts, the boltless system does not require tools for assembly. The prepackaged unit, containing all the appropriate parts, is sold in a number of common sizes, either with or without decking (i.e., shelves).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioner:  Edsal Manufacturing Co. Inc., Chicago, IL.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  August 26, 2014.
4. USITC hearing:  August 13, 2015.
5. USITC vote:  September 15, 2015.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  September 28, 2015.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. producers in 2014:  4.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee.
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 country during 2014:  1
2. From other countries during 2014:  1
3. Leading source during 2014:  China.

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

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