USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Aluminum Wire and Cable from China

November 2, 2018
News Release 18-134
Inv. No. 701-TA-611 and 731-TA-1428 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Aluminum Wire and Cable 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 aluminum wire and cable from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative. 

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 from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about December 17, 2018, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about February 28, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Aluminum Wire and Cable from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-611 and 731-TA-1428 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4843, November 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 4, 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

Aluminum Wire and Cable from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-611 and 731-TA-1428 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  An aluminum wire and cable (AWC) product is an assembly of one or more electrical conductors of 8000 Series Aluminum Alloys, Aluminum Alloy 1350, and/or Aluminum Alloy 6201, provided that (1) at least one of the conductors is insulated; (2) each insulated conductor has a voltage rating greater than 80 volts but not exceeding 1,000 volts; and (3) at least one conductor is stranded and has a size not less than 16.5 thousand circular mil (kcmil) but not greater than 1,000 kcmil. The assembly may (1) include a grounding or neutral conductor; (2) be clad with aluminum, steel, or other base metal; or (3) include a steel support center wire, one or more connectors, a tape shield, a jacket or other covering, and/or filler materials. Most AWC products conform to National Electrical Code and Underwriters Laboratories standards, but such conformity is not required for the merchandise to be within the scope. Specifically excluded are (1) conductors included in equipment already assembled at the time of importation and (2) AWC products less than six feet in actual length.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Encore Wire Corp., McKinney, TX; and Southwire Co. LLC, Carrollton, GA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Friday, September, 21 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Friday, October 12, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, November 2, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, November 5, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  5.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
3.   Production and related workers:  1,848.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $630.9 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $869.7 million.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  [1]

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, and Turkey.

 

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

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