August 11, 2017
News Release 17-118
Inv. No(s). 731-TA-1380 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Tapered Roller Bearings (TRBs) from Korea

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 tapered roller bearings from Korea that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioner Irving A. Williamson voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the negative.

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 Korea, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about December 5, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Tapered Roller Bearings (TRBs) from Korea (Inv. No. 731-TA-1380 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4721, August 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after September 11, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Tapered Roller Bearings (TRBs) from Korea
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1380 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The scope of this investigation covers all tapered roller bearings with a nominal outside cup diameter of eight inches and under, regardless of type of steel used to produce the bearing, whether of inch or metric size, and whether the tapered roller bearing is a thrust bearing or not. Such tapered roller bearings include finished cup and cone assemblies entering as a set, finished cone assemblies entering separately, and finished parts (cups, cones, and tapered rollers). These tapered roller bearings are sold individually as a set (cup and cone assembly), as a cone assembly, as a finished cup, or packaged as a kit with one or several tapered roller bearings, a seal, and grease. The scope of the investigation includes finished rollers and finished cones that have not been assembled with rollers and a cage. Tapered roller bearings can be a single row or multiple rows (e.g., two- or four-row), and a cup can handle a single cone assembly or multiple cone assemblies.     

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners: The Timken Company, North Canton, Ohio.
3.   Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
4.   Commission’s conference: Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
5.   USITC vote: Friday, August 11, 2017.
6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: Monday, August 14, 2017.
7.   USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: Monday, August 21, 2017.

U.S. Industry:

1.   Number of producers in 2016: Five.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2016: [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments in 2016: 1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 2016: 1   
6.  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:  $59.8 million.
2.   From other countries during 2016:  $590.9 million.
3.   Leading sources during 2016: Canada, Japan, Korea.


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

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