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Cast Iron Imports From China Materially Injure US Industry

China continues to engage in unfair trade practices

Posted 03:08 March 20, 2019
Last Updated 05:12 May 08, 2019

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The USITC (United States International Trade Commission) has determined and will release a report outlining how the US cast iron industry has been materially injured by imports of Chinese cast iron soil pipe. China subsidizes these imports and they are sold for less than fair value. The layman's term for this practice: dumping.

As a result of the upcoming report, the department will issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on imports from China in the cast iron sector.

The Commission's public report is titled, Cast Iron Soil Pipe from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-597 and 731-TA-1407 (Final), USITC Publication 4879, April 2019). It will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the course of the investigation.

The report will be available by April 24, 2019. It can be accessed via the USITC website here: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436


Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-597 and 731-TA-1407 (Final)

Product Description: The merchandise covered by these proceedings is cast iron soil pipe, whether finished or unfinished, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications, and regardless of wall thickness, length, diameter, surface finish, end finish, or stenciling. The scope of these investigations includes, but is not limited to, both hubless and hub and spigot cast iron soil pipe. Cast iron soil pipe is non-malleable iron pipe of various designs and sizes. Cast iron soil pipe is generally distinguished from other types of non-malleable cast iron pipe by the manner in which it is connected to cast iron soil pipe fittings.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation: Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2. Petitioners: Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Mundelein, IL.
3. USITC Institution Date: Friday, January 26, 2018.
4. USITC Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
5. USITC Vote Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
6. USITC Notification to Commerce Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1. Number of U.S. producers: 2.
2. Location of producers’ plants: California, North Carolina, and Texas.
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 2017:

1. Subject imports: $13.2 million.
2. Nonsubject imports: $757,000.
3. Leading import source: China.

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