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Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from Canada and China Do Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

November 18, 2016
News Release 16-146
Inv. No. 701-TA-550 and 731-TA-1304-1305 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from Canada and China Do Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of iron mechanical transfer drive components from Canada and China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China. 

All six Commissioners voted in the negative. 

As a result of the USITC’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued.

The Commission’s public report Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from Canada and China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-550 and 731-TA-1304-1305 (Final), USITC Publication 4652, December 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by January 2, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from China and Canada
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-550 and 731-TA-1304-1305 (Final)

Product Description:  Iron mechanical transfer drive components are wheels or cylinders with a center bore hole that may have one or more grooves or teeth in their outer circumference that guide or mesh with a flat or ribbed belt or like device and are often referred to as sheaves, pulleys, flywheels, flat pulleys, idlers, conveyer pulleys, synchronous sheaves, and timing pulleys. The products also include bushings, which are iron mechanical transfer drive components in the form of a cylinder and which fit into the bore holes of other mechanical transfer drive components to lock them into drive shafts by means of elements such as teeth, bolts, or screws. Products include both unfinished and finished components. Unfinished iron mechanical transfer drive components (i.e., blanks or castings) possess the approximate shape of the finished iron mechanical transfer drive component and have not yet been machined to final specification after the initial casting, forging or like operations. These machining processes may include cutting, punching, notching, boring, threading, mitering, or chamfering.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners: TB Wood’s Incorporated, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  October 28, 2015.
4. USITC hearing: October 18, 2016.
5. USITC vote: November 18, 2016.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: December 12, 2016.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. producers in 2015:  10 integrated producers and finishers.
2. Location of producers’ plants: Columbus, Georgia; Bremen, Indiana; Columbus, Indiana; La Porte, Indiana; Stacy, Minnesota; Holly Springs, Missouri; Weaverville, North Carolina; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Abilene, Texas; Alice, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Ft. Worth, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015:  [1]
4. U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments in 2015:  1
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015:  1
6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 1

U.S. Imports in 2015:
1. From the subject countries during 2015:  $37.8 million.
2. From other countries during 2015:  $44.7 million (both large and small diameters).
3. Leading sources during 2015: China, Canada, Mexico (in terms of total value).


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

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