USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Quartz Surface Products from China

May 31, 2018
News Release 18-065
Inv. No. 701-TA-606 and 731-TA-1416 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Quartz Surface Products 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 quartz surface products 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, Meredith M. Broadbent, and Jason E. Kearns 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 concerning imports of this product, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about July 11, 2018, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about September 24, 2018.

The Commission’s public report Quartz Surface Products from China, Inv. Nos. 701-TA-606 and 731-TA-1416 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4794, June 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 29, 2018; 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

Quartz Surface Products from China.
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-606 and 731-TA-1416 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Quartz surface products consist of slabs and other surfaces created from a mixture of materials that includes predominately silica (e.g., quartz, quartz powder, cristobalite) as well as a resin binder (e.g., an unsaturated polyester). The incorporation of other materials, including, but not limited to, pigments, cement, or other additives does not remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations. In addition to slabs, the scope of these investigations includes, but is not limited to, other surfaces such as countertops, backsplashes, vanity tops, bar tops, work tops, tabletops, flooring, wall facing, shower surrounds, fire place surrounds, mantels, and tiles. Quartz surface products are covered by these investigations whether or not polished, cut, fabricated, cured, edged, finished, thermalformed, packaged, and regardless of the type of surface finish.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Cambria Company LLC, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, May 31, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, June 1, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  3.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  California, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio.
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 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  $520.7 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $551.7 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Spain, and Israel.


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

 

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