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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam

August 22, 2019
News Release 19-077
Inv. No. 701-TA-627-629 and 731-TA-1458-1461 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam

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 utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

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 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, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about October 2, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about December 16, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-627-629 and 731-TA-1458-1461 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4952, August 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after September 20, 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

Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-627−629 and 731-TA-1458−1461 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Wind towers, whether or not tapered, and sections thereof, are designed to support the nacelle and rotor blades of a wind turbine with a minimum rated electrical power generation capacity exceeding 100 kilowatts and with a minimum height of 50 meters measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the nacelle when fully assembled. A wind tower section consists of, at a minimum, multiple steel plates rolled into cylindrical or conical shapes and welded together (or otherwise attached) to form a steel shell, regardless of coating, end-finish, painting, treatment, or method of manufacture, and with or without flanges, doors, or internal or external components attached to the wind tower section. Several wind tower sections are normally required to form a completed wind tower. Specifically excluded are (1) nacelles and rotor blades, regardless of whether they are attached to the wind tower; (2) any internal or external components which are not attached to the wind tower or sections thereof, unless those components are shipped with the tower sections; and (3) any products covered by the existing antidumping duty order on wind towers from Vietnam.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping investigations.
2.   Petitioners: Arcosa Wind Towers Inc., Dallas, TX; and Broadwind Towers Inc., Manitowoc, WI.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, August 22, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, August 23, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  6.
2.   Locations of producers’ plants:  Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  2,155.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $868 million.
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:  $249 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam.

 

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

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