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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico

November 2, 2018
News Release 18-133
Inv. No. 701-TA-610 and 731-TA-1425-1427 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico

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 refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, 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 from China, Germany, and Mexico, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about December 14, 2018, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about February 27, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-610 and 731-TA-1425-1427 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4844, November 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 4, 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

Stainless Steel Kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-610 and 731-TA-1425-1427 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Refillable stainless steel kegs are cylindrically shaped containers made from stainless steel and designed to hold, transport, and dispense beer, wine, and other liquids. These kegs are compatible with a ''D Sankey'' extractor (spear) for dispensing, cleaning, and refilling; have a nominal liquid volume capacity of 10 liters or more; regardless of the type of finish, gauge, thickness, or grade of stainless steel; and whether or not covered by or encased in other materials. They may be imported either assembled or unassembled, with or without all components (including spears, couplers or taps, necks, collars, and valves), and filled or unfilled. Specifically excluded are:  (1) vessels or containers that are not approximately cylindrically shaped; (2) stainless steel kegs, vessels, or containers that have either a ''ball lock'' or a ''pin lock'' valve system (commonly known as ''Cornelius'' kegs); (3) spears, couplers or taps, necks, collars, and valves that are not imported with the subject merchandise; and (4) filled stainless steel kegs designated by the Commissioner of Customs as "Instruments of International Traffic" within the meaning of Section 332(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  American Keg Company LLC, Pottstown, PA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  September 20, 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  October 11, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  November 2, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  November 5, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  One.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Pennsylvania.
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:  $68.1 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Germany, China, and Mexico.

 

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

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