The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced late last week that it had initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations related to imports of aluminum wire and cable from China.
According to the DOC, imports of the products from China in 2017 were valued at $157.2 million (up from $116.6 million in 2016).
The petitioners in the case were Encore Wire Corporation (of McKinney, Texas) and Southwire Company, LLC (of Carrollton, Georgia), which filed petitions with the DOC on Sept. 21.
The DOC calculated dumping margins of 53.54-63.47% with respect to the aluminum wire and cable imports.
The case now moves to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), which is scheduled to make a preliminary determination on or before Nov. 5. If the USITC rules in the affirmative, the case moves back to the DOC, which would be scheduled to make a preliminary ruling in the countervailing duty probe by Dec. 17 and a preliminary anti-dumping ruling by Feb. 28, 2019.
According to the DOC fact sheet for the case — citing the U.S. Census Bureau — the U.S. imported 42,788 metric tons of the product from China in 2017, up 48.4% from the 28,839 tons imported in 2016.