May 12, 2017
News Release 17-072
Inv. No(s). 731-TA-1359 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Carton Closing Staples from China

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 carton closing staples from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and F. Scott Kieff voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation on imports of this product from China, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about September 7, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Carton Closing Staples from China (Inv. No. 731-TA-1359 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4694, May 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 12, 2017.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Carton Closing Staples from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1359 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Carton closing staples are fastening devices used to secure or close the flaps of corrugated and solid paperboard cartons and boxes. Carton closing staples are manufactured from steel wire which is cut and shaped into a staple consisting of two legs connected by a crown. Carton closing staples commonly have a copper or a zinc (galvanized) coating.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioner: North American Steel & Wire, Inc./ISM Enterprises, Butler, PA.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: March 31, 2017.
4.  Commission’s conference: April 20, 2017.
5.  USITC vote: May 12, 2017.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 15, 2017.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 22, 2017.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 2016: 1.
2.  Location of producers’ plants:  Pennsylvania.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2016: [1]
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2016: 1
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2016: 1

U.S. Imports:
1.  From the subject countries during 2016: $9.1 million.
2.  From other countries during 2016: $561,000.
3.  Leading sources during 2016: China and Sweden (in terms of total value).


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

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