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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Forged Steel Fittings from India and Korea

December 6, 2019
News Release 19-123
Inv. No. 701-TA-631 and 731-TA-1463-1464 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Forged Steel Fittings from India and Korea

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of forged steel fittings from India and Korea that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of India. 

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Randolph J. Stayin 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 these products from India and Korea, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about January 16, 2020, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 31, 2020.

The Commission’s public report Forged Steel Fittings from India and Korea (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-631 and 731-TA-1463-1464 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5006, December 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after January 6, 2020; 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

Forged Steel Fittings from India and Korea
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-631 and 731-TA-1463-1464 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  The merchandise covered by these investigations is carbon and alloy forged steel fittings, whether unfinished (commonly known as blanks or rough forgings) or finished. Such fittings are made in a variety of shapes including, but not limited to, elbows, tees, crosses, laterals, couplings, reducers, caps, plugs, bushings, unions, and outlets. Forged steel fittings are covered regardless of end finish, whether threaded, socket‐weld or other end connections. The scope includes integrally reinforced forged branch outlet fittings, regardless of whether they have one or more ends that is a socket welding, threaded, butt welding end, or other end connections.  While these fittings are generally manufactured to specifications ASME B16.11, MSS SP‐79, MSS SP‐83, MSS‐SP‐97, ASTM A105, ASTM A350 and ASTM A182, the scope is not limited to fittings made to these specifications.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Bonny Forge Corporation, Mount Union, PA; United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial, and Service Workers International Union, Pittsburgh, PA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, December 6, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, December 9, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  4
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
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, India, Korea, Taiwan.

 

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

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