USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Forged Steel Fittings from China, Italy, and Taiwan

November 17, 2017
News Release 17-168
Inv. No. 701-TA-589 and 731-TA-1394-1396 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Forged Steel Fittings from China, Italy, and Taiwan

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 forged steel fittings from China, Italy, and Taiwan 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 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 with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about December 29, 2017, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 14, 2018.

The Commission’s public report Forged Steel Fittings from China, Italy, and Taiwan (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-589 and 731-TA-1394-1396 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4743, November 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 19, 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

 

Forged Steel Fittings from China, Italy, and Taiwan

Investigation Nos. 701-TA-589 and 731-TA-1394-1396 (Preliminary)

 

Product Description: The merchandise covered by these investigations is carbon and alloy forged steel fittings, whether unfinished (commonly known as blanks or rough forgings) or finished. Such fittings are made in a variety of shapes including, but not limited to, elbows, tees, crosses, laterals, couplings, reducers, caps, plugs, bushings and unions. Forged steel fittings are covered regardless of end finish, whether threaded, socket-weld or other end connections. Forged steel fittings are used to connect pipes in systems for conveying oil and gas, as well as in chemical plants, petrochemical plants, and power plants. The subject forged steel fittings are made to withstand the high pressures used in these systems, and are connected to pipe (or couplings) either by being threaded, or by welding.

 

Status of Proceedings:

 

1.         Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.

2.         Petitioners: Bonney Forge Corporation, Mount Union, Pennsylvania; United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

3.         Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: October 5, 2017.

4.         Commission’s conference: October 26, 2017.

5.         USITC vote: November 17, 2017.

6.         USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: November 20, 2017.

 

U.S. Industry:

 

1.         Number of producers in 2016: Four.

2.         Location of producers’ plants:  Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 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: 1

2.         From other countries during 2016: 1

3.         Leading sources during 2016: China, Italy, and Taiwan.

 

 

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

 

 

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