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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Magnesium from Israel

December 7, 2018
News Release 18-142
Inv. No. 701-TA-614 and 731-TA-1431 (Prelimininary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Magnesium from Israel

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 magnesium from Israel that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the negative.

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 Israel, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about January 17, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about April 2, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Magnesium from Israel (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-614 and 731-TA-1431 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4860, December 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after January 17, 2019; 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

Magnesium from Israel
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-614 and 731-TA-1431 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  The products covered by this investigation are primary and secondary pure and alloy magnesium metal, regardless of chemistry, raw material source, form, shape, or size. Magnesium is a metal or alloy containing by weight primarily the element magnesium. Primary magnesium is produced by decomposing raw materials into magnesium metal. Secondary magnesium is produced by recycling magnesium-based scrap into magnesium metal. The magnesium covered by this investigation also includes blends of primary magnesium, scrap, and secondary magnesium.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  US Magnesium LLC, Salt Lake City, UT.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  4.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Utah.
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:  $44.7 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $47.1 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Israel, Russia, Canada, and Taiwan.

 

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

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