The Department of Commerce announced Wednesday, Dec. 13, that it had issued a preliminary affirmative determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China.
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The department announced the determination in a release, ruling that exporters from China received countervailable subsidies in a fairly broad range of 8.66-102.31%.
“The Trump Administration will not sit back and watch as American companies and workers are harmed by unfair government subsidies,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a prepared statement. “The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade, and will continue to validate the information provided to us that brought us to this decision.”
The petitioner in the case was the Illinois-based Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, which boasts three members: AB&I Foundry (California), Charlotte Pipe & Foundry (North Carolina), and Tyler Pipe (Texas).
According to the department, the 79 antidumping or countervailing duty investigation it initiated from Jan. 20 to Dec. 11 of this year marks a 52 percent increase from investigations started during the same period last year.
As for the respondents, according to a fact sheet provided by the Commerce Department, the following preliminary subsidies were calculated for the respondents:
- 8.66% for mandatory respondent Shanxi Xuanshi Industrial Group Co., Ltd.
- preliminary subsidy rate of 12.72% for mandatory respondent Wor-Biz International Trading Co., Ltd. (Anhui).
- Commerce applied an adverse facts available rate of 102.31% for mandatory respondent Shijiazhuang Chengmei Import & Export Co., Ltd. because of its failure to respond to the Department of Commerce’s request for information.
- 10.37% for all other Chinese producers and exporters
According to the Department of Commerce, imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China during 2016 were valued at an estimated $8.6 million.
A final decision in the CVD case is scheduled for April 24, 2018.
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The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) issued its own ruling Dec. 14 on stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia and the Philippines.
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The USITC ruled that removing existing antidumping duty orders on the product from the trio of countries “would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.”