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International Trade Partner Daniel Pickard Comments on Complaint Filed by U.S. Wind Tower Manufacturers

SNL Financial
January 9, 2012

International Trade Practice partner Daniel Pickard, who is representing the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (WTTC), was interviewed by SNL Financial for a story on petitions filed last week that seek to impose tariffs on imported wind towers from China and Vietnam.

Wiley Rein LLP, on behalf of the WTTC, filed petitions asking the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to conduct antidumping investigations into Chinese and Vietnamese imports of utility scale wind towers, and a countervailing duty investigation into Chinese imports of utility scale wind towers.

"U.S. manufacturers of wind towers have faced a flood of imports from both China and Vietnam, and these unfairly priced imports detrimentally impacted pricing levels in the United States and the profitability of the U.S. industry," said Mr. Pickard.

As a result of dumping and improper subsidies, the U.S. industry is suffering severe harm as seen in employment levels, pricing, production and profits.  Chinese and Vietnamese imports of wind towers have escalated significantly, costing U.S. manufacturers sales and injuring American workers.

In an interview with Renewable Energy World, Mr. Pickard said, "there are significant volumes coming in and capturing some of the biggest projects in the U.S.  Some of the fundamental concerns are the same [as the solar industry case]. It's to keep manufacturers playing on a level playing field."

In October, Wiley Rein LLP filed antidumping and countervailing duties cases on behalf of the U.S. solar industry against Chinese manufacturers of solar cells and panels. In a unanimous vote on Dec. 5, the ITC found that Chinese imports are "materially injuring the domestic industry."

Additional coverage of the wind tower antidumping petition can be found in The New York Times; Bloomberg, SNL Financial, Renewable Energy World; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; and Law360.