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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey

November 3, 2016
News Release 16-139
Inv. No. 701-TA-564 and 731-TA-1338-1339 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of steel concrete reinforcing bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Turkey.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about December 14, 2016, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about February 27, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-564 and 731-TA-1338-1340 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4648, November 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 5, 2016.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-564 and 731-TA-1338-1340 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Steel concrete reinforcing bar in either straight length or coil form regardless of metallurgy, length, diameter, or grade or lack thereof. Subject merchandise includes deformed steel wire with bar markings (e.g., mill mark, size, or grade) and which has been subjected to an elongation test. Specifically excluded are plain rounds (i.e., nondeformed or smooth rebar). Also excluded from the scope is deformed steel wire meeting ASTM A1064/A1064M with no bar markings (e.g., mill mark, size, or grade) and without being subject to an elongation test.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners: Rebar Trade Action Coalition and its individual members: BD Vinton LLC, Vinton, TX; Byer Steel Corporation, Cincinnati, OH; Commercial Metals Company, Irving, TX; Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., Tampa, FL; Nucor Corporation, Charlotte, NC; and Steel Dynamics, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN.
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: September 20, 2016.
4. Commission’s conference: October 11, 2016.
5. USITC vote: November 3, 2016.
6. USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: November 4, 2016.
7. USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: November 14, 2016.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 2015: Seven.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015: 4,220.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: $4.5 billion.
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2015: 19.9 percent.

U.S. Imports:
1. From the subject countries during 2015:  $854.1 million.
2. From other countries during 2015:  $44.5 million.
3. Leading sources during 2015: Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea (in terms of total value).

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