June 9, 2023
News Release 23-054
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-686-688 and 731-TA-1612-1617
Contact: Lawrence Jones, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes To Continue Investigations on Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea

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 brass rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of India, Israel, and South Korea. 

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 Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about July 21, 2023, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about October 4, 2023.

The Commission’s public report Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-686-688 and 731-TA-1612-1617 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5436, June 2023) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by July 18, 2023; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.

Washington, DC 20436

Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea
Investigation Nos.: 701-TA-686-688 and 731-TA-1612-1617 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Brass rod is defined as leaded, low-lead, and no-lead solid brass made from alloys such as, but not limited to the following alloys classified under the Unified Numbering System (UNS) as C27450, C27451, C27460, C34500, C35000, C35300, C35330, C36000, C36300, C37000, C37700, C48500, C67300, C67600, and C69300, and their international equivalents. The brass rod subject to these investigations has an actual cross-section or outside diameter greater than 0.25 inches but less than or equal to 12 inches. Brass rod may be produced in accordance with ASTM B16, ASTM B124, ASTM B981, ASTM B371, ASTM B453, ASTM B21, ASTM B138, and ASTM B927. Conformity to an ASTM standard is not required for the merchandise to be included within the scope.

Status of Proceedings:

  1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
  2. Petitioners: American Brass Rod Fair Trade Coalition; Mueller Brass Co., Port Huron, Michigan; and Wieland Chase LLC, Montpelier, Ohio.
  3. USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, April 27, 2023.
  4. USITC Conference Date:  Thursday, May 18, 2023.
  5. USITC Vote Date:  Friday, June 9, 2023.
  6.  USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, June 12, 2023.

U.S. Industry in 2022:

  1. Number of U.S. producers:  3.
  2. Location of producers’ plants:  Michigan and Ohio.
  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 2022:

  1. Subject imports:  $117 million
  2. Nonsubject imports:  $10 million
  3. Leading import sources:  1

1 Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.




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