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U.S. International Trade Commission Votes Affirmatively in Final Stage of Trade Case Against Imports of Chinese Stainless Steel Flanges

July 16, 2018

Washington, DC— On July 13, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmatively in the final stage of its antidumping duty (AD) investigation, finding that imports of stainless steel flanges from China have materially injured the U.S. flange industry. All five Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

The ITC vote is in response to an August 16, 2017 petition filed by the Coalition of American Flange Producers (CAFP). The case has demonstrated that imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India are being unfairly dumped in the United States, and that Chinese and Indian producers of flanges receive improper government subsidies, such as tax breaks and discounted raw materials. As the ITC recently recognized, these actions – which violate international trade rules – have caused material injury to the U.S. stainless steel flange industry and its workers.

On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its affirmative final determination in its AD investigation of imports of stainless steel flanges from China, finding an AD rate of 257.11%. This means that within approximately seven days of the ITC’s vote, the DOC will issue an AD order on stainless steel flanges from China. On June 5, 2018, in the accompanying countervailing duty (CVD) investigation, the DOC issued a CVD order on stainless steel flanges from China at a rate of 174.73%.

“The U.S. stainless steel flange industry and its workers are grateful for the Commission’s decision as they have been seriously injured by dumped imports from China,” said Daniel B. Pickard, counsel to the CAFP and partner in the International Trade Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. “We hope that the Department and the Commission will continue to thoroughly investigate the injury caused by the dumped and subsidized imports of Indian producers.”

The CAFP is an association of U.S. producers of stainless steel flanges, comprised of Core Pipe Products, Inc., and Maass Flange Corporation. The CAFP and its individual members are committed to standing up for American workers and supporting the full enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws.