USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings from China

August 25, 2017
News Release 17-120
Inv. No. 701-TA-583 and 731-TA-1381 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings 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 cast iron soil pipe fittings from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent 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, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about October 6, 2017, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about December 20, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-583 and 731-TA-1381 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4722, September 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after September 26, 2017; when available, 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

Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-583 and 731-TA-1381 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The merchandise covered by this investigation is cast iron soil pipe fittings, finished and unfinished, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications, and regardless of size. Cast iron soil pipe fittings are nonmalleable iron castings of various designs and sizes, including, but not limited to, bends, tees, wyes, traps, drains, and other common or special fittings, with or without side inlets. Cast iron soil pipe fittings are classified into two major types—hubless and hub and spigot. Hubless cast iron soil pipe fittings are manufactured without a hub, generally in compliance with Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) specification 301 and/or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification A888. Hub and spigot pipe fittings have hubs into which the spigot (plain end) of the pipe or fitting is inserted. Cast iron soil pipe fittings are generally distinguished from other types of nonmalleable cast iron fittings by the manner in which they are connected to cast iron soil pipe and other fittings.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.  Petitioners: Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Mundelein, IL.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: July 13, 2017.
4.  Commission’s conference: August 3, 2017.
5.  USITC vote: August 25, 2017.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: August 28, 2017.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: September 5, 2017.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2016: Three.
2.  Location of producers’ plants:  California, North Carolina, and Texas.
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:  $9.8 million.
2.  From other countries during 2016:  $292,000.
3.  Leading sources during 2016: China (in terms of total value).

 

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

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