March 26, 2009
News Release 09-026
Inv. No. 731-TA-1145 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

CERTAIN STEEL THREADED ROD FROM CHINA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS USITC

The United States International Trade Commission today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain steel threaded rod from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are 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 determination, the Department of Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from China.

The Commission's public report Certain Steel Threaded Rod from China (Investigation No. 731- TA-1145 (Final), USITC Publication 4070, April 2009) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after April 27, 2009, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205- 2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Steel Threaded Rod from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1145 (Final)

Product Description:

The product covered by these investigations is certain threaded rod, bar, or studs, of carbon quality steel, having a solid, circular cross section, of any diameter, in any straight length, that have been forged, turned, cold-drawn, cold-rolled, machine straightened, or otherwise cold-finished, and into which threaded grooves have been applied. In addition, the steel threaded rod, bar, or studs subject to this investigation are non headed and threaded along greater than 25 percent of their total length. A variety of finishes or coatings, such as plain oil finish as a temporary rust protectant, zinc coating (i.e., galvanized, whether by electroplating or hot-dipping), paint, and other similar finishes and coatings, may be applied to the merchandise. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 7318.15.5050 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioner: Vulcan Threaded Products.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: March 5, 2008.
4. Hearing: February 25, 2009.
5. USITC vote: March 26, 2009.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: April 6, 2009.  

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of certain steel threaded rod in 2007:  9.
2. Production volume is concentrated in Alabama.
3. Employment of production and related workers: (1) 
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2007: (1)
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2007: (1)
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2007: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2007: 87,339,000 pounds.
2. Value of subject imports in 2007: $28,273,000.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary inforamtion.

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