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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Tool Chests and Cabinets from China and Vietnam

May 25, 2017
News Release 17-076
Inv. No. 701-TA-575 and 731-TA-1360-1361 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Tool Chests and Cabinets from China and Vietnam

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 tool chests and cabinets from China and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China.

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 determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from China and Vietnam, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about July 5, 2017, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about September 18, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Tool Chests and Cabinets from China and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-575 and 731-TA-1360-1361 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4697, June 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 26, 2017.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Tool Chests and Cabinets from China and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-575 and 731-TA-1360-1361 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Tool chests and cabinets are designed for the storage of tools and equipment. They have bodies that are generally made from carbon, alloy, or stainless steel, but can be produced from other metals. The subject merchandise includes top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets, side cabinets, mobile work benches and work stations, and metal storage units that have two or more drawers, meet specified physical dimensions, and are prepackaged for retail sale. Tool chests and cabinets can be sold individually or in sets that include a cabinet and one or more chests that stack on top on the cabinet. Tool chests and cabinets can be differentiated by size, color, number and load rating of drawers, type of drawer slides, type of latching system, type and thickness of primary construction material, lock type, type and load rating of casters or wheels, and total load rating and storage capacity. Not covered by the scope of these investigations are tool boxes, chests and cabinets with bodies made entirely of plastic, carbon fiber, wood, or other non-metallic substances; portable tool boxes; and industrial grade tool chests and cabinets.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations: Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.  Petitioner: Waterloo Industries Inc., Sedalia, Missouri.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: April 11, 2017.
4.  Commission’s conference: May 2, 2017.
5.  USITC vote: May 25, 2017.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 26, 2017.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: June 5, 2017.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 2016: Five.
2.   Location of producers’ plants: Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Ohio.
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: $308.8 million.
2.  From other countries during 2016: 1
3.  Leading sources during 2016: 1


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

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