July 9, 2008
News RElease 08-068
Inv. No. 731-TA-1114 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain steel nails 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 an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to certain imports of this product from China. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative injury determination today are required to determine whether these imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty order Commerce will issue. All six Commissioners made negative findings with regard to critical circumstances in this investigation. As a result, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States from China prior to January 23, 2008, the date of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Certain Steel Nails from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1114 (Final), USITC Publication 4022, July 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after August 11, 2008, 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.


Certain Steel Nails from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1114 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to this investigation 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, thumb tacks, corrugated nails, nails for use in powder (i.e., gunpowder)-actuated hand tools, certain nails for use in gas-actuated hand tools, certain collated brads and finish 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 investigation:  Final 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 investigation instituted by the USITC:  May 29, 2007.
     4.   Commission's hearing:  June 11, 2008.
     5.   USITC vote:  July 9, 2008.
     6.   USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  July 21, 2008.

U.S. Industry:

     1.   Number of producers in 2007:  Seventeen.
     2.   Location of producers' plants:  Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 
  3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2007:  791.
  4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 2007:  $984,270,000.
  5.   Ratio of the value of total imports to total U.S. consumption in 2007:  77.6 %.

U.S. Imports:                                            

  1.   Total value of imports during 2007:  $763,859,000.
  2.   Leading sources during 2007:  China, Korea, United Arab Emirates, and Canada (in terms of total value).
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