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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico

March 20, 2019
News Release 19-013
Inv. No. 701-TA-615-617 and 731-TA-1432-1434 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, 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 fabricated structural steel from Canada, China, and Mexico that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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 Canada, China, and Mexico, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about May 1, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about July 15, 2019. 

The Commission’s public report Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-615-617 and 731-TA-1432-1434 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4878, March 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after April 18, 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

Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-615−617 and 731-TA-1432−1434 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Fabricated structural steel (FSS) products are fabricated from steel mill products for erection or assembly into structures, including, but not limited to, commercial buildings (commercial, office, institutional, and multifamily residential); industrial and utility projects; parking decks; arenas and convention centers; medical facilities; and ports, transportation, and infrastructure facilities. FSS products, whether assembled or partially assembled, may include fasteners and may be painted or coated. Specifically excluded are (1) fabricated concrete reinforcing bar, (2) FSS for bridge and bridge sections, (3) pre-engineered building systems, (4) steel roof and floor decking systems, and (5) open-web steel bar joists and joist girders.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  American Institute of Steel Construction LLC, Full Member Subgroup, Chicago, Illinois.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Monday, February 4, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Monday, February 25, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, March 22, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2017 (based on questionnaire responses):

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  63.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
3.   Production and related workers:  10,886.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $3.3 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $6.2 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  32.2 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2017 (based on official import statistics):

1.   Subject imports:  $2.0 billion.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $0.9 billion.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Canada, and Mexico.

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