Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Taiwan Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

August 30, 2017
News Release 17-121
Inv. No. 731-TA-1339 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Taiwan Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of steel concrete reinforcing bar from Taiwan that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are 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 USITC’s affirmative determination, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from Taiwan.

The Commission’s public report Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Taiwan (Investigation No. 731-TA-1339 (Final), USITC Publication 4724, September 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by October 3, 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

Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Taiwan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1339 (Final)

Product Description:  The merchandise subject to this investigation is steel concrete reinforcing bar, commonly known as “rebar.” Rebar typically is used in construction applications to provide strength to concrete. Rebar may be imported in either straight lengths or coil form, but is subject to this investigation regardless of metallurgy, length, diameter, or grade or lack thereof.  Plain rounds (non-deformed or smooth rebar), however, are excluded from the scope of the investigation.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Rebar Trade Action Coalition and its individual members: Byer Steel Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH; Commercial Metals Company, Irving, TX; Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., Tampa, FL; Nucor Corp., Charlotte, NC; and Steel Dynamics, Inc., Pittsboro, IN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  September 20, 2016.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  May 18, 2017.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  August 30, 2017.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  September 11, 2017.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  10.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
3.   Production and related workers:  4,085.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $3.2 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $3.9 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  17.8 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports:  $700.7 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $79.0 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Turkey, Japan, and Taiwan.

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