USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Steel Racks from China

August 3, 2018
News Release 18-095
Inv. No. 701-TA-608 and 731-TA-1420 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Steel Racks from China

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of steel racks from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent did not participate in these investigations. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about September 13, 2018, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about November 27, 2018.

The Commission’s public report Steel Racks from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-608 and 731-TA-1420 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4811, August 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after September 10, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Steel Racks from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-608 and 731-TA-1420 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  A steel rack, sometimes referred to as a “storage rack,” is a structure consisting of the following hot-rolled or cold-formed steel structural components: (1) vertical columns connected by braces, (2) load-bearing horizontal beams, and (3) locking devices to secure the beams to the columns.  Certain types of steel racks may also include movable components, such as rails, wheels, rollers, tracks, channels, carts, or conveyors.  Steel racks offer strength and stability for storing heavy loads in readily accessible rack configurations. Hence, they are utilized for short- or long-term holding of products or materials in warehouses, order-fulfillment and distribution centers, big-box retail stores, and manufacturing facilities.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  The Coalition for Fair Rack Imports and its members:  Bulldog Rack Company, Weirton, WV; Hannibal Industries, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Husky Rack and Wire, Denver, NC; Ridg-U-Rak, Inc., North East, PA; SpaceRAK, a Division of Heartland Steel Products, Inc., Marysville, MI; Speedrack Products Group, Ltd., Sparta, MI; Steel King Industries, Inc., Stevens Point, WI; Tri-Boro Shelving & Partition Corp., Farmville, VA; and UNARCO Material Handling, Inc., Springfield, TN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, August 3, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, August 6, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  11.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1] 
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1  
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  $44.1 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import source:  China.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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