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Commerce finds against Chinese rack exporters

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced on Thursday its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of steel racks and parts thereof from China, finding that exporters from China have sold steel racks and parts at less than fair value in the U.S. at rates from 18.06 to 144.50 percent.

In addition, Commerce determined that exporters from China received countervailable subsidies at rates from 1.50 to 102.23 percent.

In 2017, imports of steel racks from China were valued at an estimated $200 million, DOC said.

“The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration,” DOC said. “Since the beginning of the current Administration, Commerce has initiated 172 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, a 219-percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration. Antidumping and countervailing duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 491 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.”

The petitioner is the Coalition for Fair Rack Imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about Sept. 3. If the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD and CVD orders. If the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.


Posted 7/19/2019




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