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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Certain Collated Steel Staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan

July 19, 2019
News Release 19-065
Inv. No. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452-1454 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations of Certain Collated Steel Staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan

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 collated steel staples from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.  The Commission further found that imports of this product from Korea and Taiwan are negligible and voted to terminate those investigations.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative with respect to China and made findings of negligibility with respect to Korea and Taiwan.  Commissioner Jason E. Kearns 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 from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about August 30, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about November 16, 2019.  As a result of the Commission’s findings of negligibility, the investigations concerning imports of this product from Korea and Taiwan will be terminated.

The Commission’s public report Certain Collated Steel Staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452-1454 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4939, July 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after August 19, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Collated Steel Staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452-1454 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Certain collated steel staples (“CCS Staple”) are fasteners made from steel wire consisting of two same-size pointed or pointless legs connected by a crown located opposite from the staple-point ends, which is typically produced from low-carbon steel and is either uncoated or coated (galvanized with zinc). The principal use of a CCS staple is in structural and building construction to fasten two or more pieces of hard and dense material, including but not limited to wood or other solid building materials.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, June 6, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Thursday, June 27, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, July 19, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, July 22, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  3
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Indiana, New Hampshire, and Ohio.
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 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  China.

 

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

 

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