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

September 18, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmatively in the final stage of its antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations, finding that imports of stainless steel flanges from India have materially injured the U.S. flanges 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 as well as that Chinese and Indian producers of flanges receive improper government subsidies, such as tax breaks and discounted raw materials. As the ITC has recognized, these actions violate international trade rules and have caused material injury to the U.S. stainless steel flanges industry and its workers.

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

On August 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its affirmative final determination in its AD and CVD investigations of imports of stainless steel flanges from India, finding combined AD and CVD rates of 24.08 – 401.41 percent with dumping rates as high as 145.25 percent and subsidy rates as high as 256.16 percent. This means that within approximately seven days of the ITC’s vote the DOC will issue AD and CVD orders with those cash deposit rates on imports of stainless steel flanges from India. However, those cash deposit rates will not reflect the actual duties owed for imported flanges, as those duties remain contingent and changeable until the DOC concludes its post-investigation administrative review of those duties.

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.