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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Vertical Metal File Cabinets from China

June 13, 2019
News Release 19-050
Inv. No. 701-TA-623 and 731-TA-1449 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Vertical Metal File Cabinets 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 vertical metal file cabinets from China 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 China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about July 24, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about October 2, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Vertical Metal File Cabinets from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-623 and 731-TA-1449 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4914, June 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after July 12, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Vertical Metal File Cabinets from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-623 and 731-TA-1449 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Vertical metal file cabinets (VMFCs) are freestanding units of carbon and/or alloy steel and/or other metals, being 25 inches or less in width, and containing at least two extendable file drawers that are tall enough to store hanging files for either letter- or legal-sized sized documents. Surfaces of VMFCs can be painted, galvanized, or coated for corrosion protection or aesthetic appearance. Additional features can include: (1) one or more extendable non-file-sized (e.g., box or pencil) drawers; (2) a non-extendable (e.g., a cubby) storage area; or (3) mobility elements (e.g., casters, wheels, or a dolly). The subject merchandise can be imported either fully assembled or unassembled as a ready-to-assemble kit. Excluded from the scope of these investigations are: (1) lateral metal file cabinets, with a width exceeding 25 inches that is greater than the body depth; (2) pedestal file cabinets, with body depths that are greater than or equal to their width, are less than 21 inches tall, and are designed to be either freestanding or attached to or hung beneath a desktop or other work surface; and (3) fire-proof or fire-resistant file cabinets.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary phase countervailing duty and antidumping investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Hirsh Industries LLC, Des Moines, IA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, June 14, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  5.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
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 2018:

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

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

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