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Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from Taiwan Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

January 10, 2020
News Release 20-002
Inv. No. 731-TA-1443 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from Taiwan Injures 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 carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from Taiwan that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determination, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from Taiwan.

The Commission’s public report Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from Taiwan (Inv. No. 731-TA-1443 (Final), USITC Publication 5013, January 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by February 13, 2020; 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

Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from Taiwan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1443 (Final)

Product Description:  Threaded rod is generally threaded along its entire length and is produced from low carbon, medium carbon, or alloy steel wire rod or bar. It is used primarily in commercial (non-residential) construction to suspend electrical conduits; pipes for plumbing; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) ductwork; and sprinkler systems for fire protection, among other applications. Threaded rod can also be used as a headless screw in general fastener applications or for bolting together pipe joints.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioner:  Vulcan Threaded Products, Inc., Pelham, AL.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, February 21, 2019.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, January 10, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Thursday, January 23, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  10.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
3.   Production and related workers:  330.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $122.6 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $443.9 million.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  48.8 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $216.5 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $104.7 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand.

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