January 3, 2018
News Release 18-001
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-575
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Tool Chests and Cabinets from China Injure 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 tool chests and cabinets from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are 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 USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commission’s public report Tool Chests and Cabinets from China. (Investigation  No. 701-TA-575 (Final), USITC Publication 4753, January 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by February 6, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436


Tool Chests and Cabinets from China
Investigation No. 701-TA-575 (Final)

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 investigation: Final countervailing duty investigation.
2.   Petitioner: Waterloo Industries Inc., Sedalia, Missouri.
3.   USITC Institution Date: April 11, 2017.
4.   USITC Hearing Date: November 28, 2017.
5.   USITC Vote Date: January 3, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date: January 16, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers: Two.
2.   Location of producers’ plants: Illinois and Missouri.
3.   Production and related workers: [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments: 1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption: 1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: 1

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports: 1
2.   Nonsubject imports: 1
3.   Leading import sources: China and Vietnam.


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


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