USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Quartz Surface Products from India and Turkey

June 24, 2019
News Release 19-056
Inv. No. 701-TA-624-625 and 731-TA-1450-1451 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Quartz Surface Products from India and Turkey

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of quartz surface products from India and Turkey 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 India and Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about August 1, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about October 15, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Quartz Surface Products from India and Turkey (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-624-625 and 731-TA-1450-1451 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4919, July 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after July 22, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Quartz Surface Products from India and Turkey
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-624-625 and 731-TA-1450-1451 (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), resin binder (e.g., an unsaturated polyester), and other materials, including, but not limited to, pigments, cement, or other additives. 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, Le Seuer, MN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Monday, June 24, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, June 24, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  6.[1]
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Tennessee.1
3.   Production and related workers: [2]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments: 2
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption: 2
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: 2

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports: 2
2.   Nonsubject imports: 2
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Spain, Israel, India, and Canada.


[1] The information pertains only to quartz slab producers.

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

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