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Aluminum Wire and Cable from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

November 20, 2019
News Release 19-118
Inv. No. 701-TA-611 and 731-TA-1428 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Aluminum Wire and Cable from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of aluminum wire and cable from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China. 

The Commission’s public report Aluminum Wire and Cable from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-611 and 731-TA-1428 (Final), USITC Publication 5001, December 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by January 6, 2020; 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 (Final)

Product Description:  AWC products are insulated electrical conductors used in the transmission and distribution of electricity, relying on aluminum's relatively high thermal and electrical conductivities to transmit electrical power in industrial and commercial applications as well as some residential applications. The subject product can consist of one or more electrical conductors made from a single or multiple aluminum alloys. These alloys provide different combinations of electrical conductivity and tensile strength. AWC is manufactured to meet various industry standards and electric codes, including UL (safety standards) and/or National Electrical Code specifications, which denote temperature ratings, voltage, wet or dry conditions ratings, or other product attributes.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Encore Wire Corporation, McKinney, TX; Southwire Company LLC, Carrollton, GA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Thursday, October 17, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, December 16, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

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:  1,720.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $654.2 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $937.4 million.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  17.8 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $126.9 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $101.8 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Turkey, Mexico.

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