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Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

July 30, 2020
News Release 20-078
Inv. No. 701-TA-627-629 and 731-TA-1458-1461 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam 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 utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

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

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

The Commission also made negative findings concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from Korea and Vietnam that are sold at less than fair value and from Indonesia that are subsidized by the government of Indonesia.  As a result, these imports will not be subject to retroactive antidumping and countervailing duties.

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 (Final), USITC Publication 5101, August 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by September 2, 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

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

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 (164 feet) 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:  Final countervailing duty and antidumping duty 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 Hearing Date:  Thursday, June 25, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, July 30, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Wednesday, August 17, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

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:  2,186.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $995 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  [1]
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  $496 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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