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Steel Racks from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

August 20, 2019
News Release 19-076
Inv. No. 701-TA-608 and 731-TA-1420 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Steel Racks from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of steel racks from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.  Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent did not participate in these votes.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China. 

The Commission’s public report Steel Racks from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-608 and 731-TA-1420 (Final), USITC Publication 4951, September 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by September 27, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Steel Racks from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-608 and 731-TA-1420 (Final)

Product Description:  A steel rack, sometimes referred to as a “storage rack,” is a structure consisting of the following hot-rolled or cold-formed steel structural components: (1) vertical columns connected by braces, (2) load-bearing horizontal beams, and (3) locking devices to secure the beams to the columns.  Certain types of steel racks may also include movable components, such as rails, wheels, rollers, tracks, channels, carts, or conveyors. Steel racks offer strength and stability for storing heavy loads in readily accessible rack configurations. Hence, they are utilized for short- or long-term holding of products or materials in warehouses, order-fulfillment and distribution centers, big-box retail stores, and manufacturing facilities.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Final countervailing duty and antidumping investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  The Coalition for Fair Rack Imports and its members:  Bulldog Rack Company, Weirton, WV; Elite Storage Solutions, Monroe, GA; Hannibal Industries Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Husky Rack and Wire, Denver, NC; Ridg-U-Rak Inc., North East, PA; SpaceRAK, a Division of Heartland Steel Products Inc., Marysville, MI; Speedrack Products Group Ltd., Sparta, MI; Steel King Industries Inc., Stevens Point, WI; Tri-Boro Shelving & Partition Corp., Farmville, VA; and UNARCO Material Handling Inc., Springfield, TN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  12.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, 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 source:  Mexico.


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

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