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Daniel Pickard Discusses Impact of Trade Remedies on U.S. Wind Tower Industry  

Metal Bulletin 
July 12, 2016

Daniel B. Pickard, a partner in Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice, was quoted in a July 6 article in Metal Bulletin, discussing the benefits of U.S. duties levied on Chinese and Vietnamese wind tower companies as domestic steel producers seek to ramp up production following the recent extension, for five years, of the federal renewable electricity production tax credit. The duties imposed on imports of Chinese and Vietnamese wind towers have helped level the playing field for U.S. producers relative to those countries, but the U.S. industry is now threatened by a new wave of unfairly traded imports from other nations. 

Despite increased optimism in the domestic industry, U.S. wind tower producers could face increased competition from imported plate and finished tower segments, according to the article—which noted that U.S. trade remedies have addressed certain unfair trade practices that harmed the U.S. wind tower industry. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed significant antidumping and countervailing duties on China and Vietnam after trade complaints were filed by Wiley Rein on behalf of the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (WTTC)—a consortium of domestic steel producers.

The 2013 duties are still in effect, according to Mr. Pickard, who represents the WTTC. “The case has been very effective,” he said.

Together, wind tower producers in China and Vietnam had previously deprived the U.S. economy of “close to half-a-billion dollars a year, and they’re essentially nothing now,” Mr. Pickard added. “There’s been a significant benefit for the domestic industry, and what we’re beginning to see now is [that products] from other countries are beginning to be a problem in the marketplace.”