News Release 07-075
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1114-1115 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON CERTAIN STEEL NAILS FROM CHINA AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain steel nails from China and the United Arab Emirates that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of these products from China and the United Arab Emirates, with its preliminary determinations due on or about November 5, 2007.

The Commission's public report Certain Steel Nails from China and the United Arab Emirates (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1114-1115 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3939, July 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after August 20, 2007, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Steel Nails from China and the United Arab Emirates
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1114 and 1115 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is certain steel nails including all finishes, such as bright (uncoated), galvanized, vinyl-coated, phosphate cement, and paint; all head styles, such as flat, projection, cupped, oval, brad, headless, double, countersunk, and sinker; all shank styles, such as smooth, barbed, screw-threaded, ring shank, and fluted; and all point styles, such as diamond, blunt, chisel, and no point. Certain steel nails may be in bulk or they may be collated into strips or coils using materials such as plastic, paper, or wire, for use in pneumatic nailing tools. Nails not subject to these investigations are roofing nails, nails for use in powder (i.e., gunpowder)-actuated hand tools, corrugated nails, and nails over 12 inches in length. Certain steel nails are currently classified under HTSUS subheadings 7317.00.55, 7317.00.65, and 7317.00.75.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Davis Wire Corp., Irwindale, CA; Gerdau Ameristeel Corp., Tampa, FL; Maze
   Nails, Peru, IL; Mid Continent Nail Corp., Poplar Bluff, MO; Treasure Coast Fasteners,
   Inc., Fort Pierce, FL; and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing,
   Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union.
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  May, 29, 2007.
4. Commission's conference:  June 19, 2007.
5. USITC vote:  July 20, 2007.
6. USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  July 30, 2007.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2006:  Seventeen.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
   Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, West
   Virginia, and Wisconsin. 
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2006: 1,120.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2006:  $1,209,702,000.
5. Ratio of the value of total imports to total U.S. consumption in 1998:  71.2%.


U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject countries during 2006:  $563,907,000.
2. From other countries during 2006:  $297,291,000.
3. Leading sources during 2006:  China, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (in terms of total value).

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