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Collated Steel Staples from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

June 23, 2020
News Release 20-063
Inv. No. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Collated Steel Staples 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 collated steel staples 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 Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chairman Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

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

The Commission also made negative findings concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from China.  As a result, imports of collated steel staples from China will not be subject to retroactive antidumping and countervailing duties.

The Commission’s public report Collated Steel Staples from China (Inv. No. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452 (Final), USITC Publication 5085, July 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by August 3, 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

Certain Collated Steel Staples from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452 (Final)

Product Description:  Certain collated steel staples ("CCS staples") are fasteners made from steel wire having a nominal diameter from 0.0355 inch to 0.0830 inch, inclusive, and having a nominal leg length from 0.25 inch to 3.0 inches, inclusive, and a nominal crown width from 0.187 inch to 1.125 inch, inclusive. CCS staples may be manufactured from any type of steel and may be uncoated or coated. CCS staples may be collated using any material or combination of materials, including but not limited to adhesive, glue, and adhesive film or adhesive or paper tape. CCS staples are generally made to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification ASTM F1667-18a and typically used in structural applications such as furniture and building construction.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  June 6, 2019.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  May 27, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  June 23, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  July 13, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  3.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  New Hampshire, Ohio, and West Virginia.
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 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  $54.9 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import source:  China.

 

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

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