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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Standard Steel Welded Wire Mesh From Mexico

August 13, 2020
News Release 20-090
Inv. No. 701-TA-653,
Inv. No. 731-TA-1527
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Standard Steel Welded Wire Mesh From Mexico

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 standard steel welded wire mesh from Mexico that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair 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, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of standard steel welded wire mesh from Mexico, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about September 23, 2020, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about December 7, 2020.

The Commission’s public report Standard Steel Welded Wire Mesh from Mexico (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-653 and 731-TA-1527 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5109, August 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after September 11, 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

Standard Steel Welded Wire Mesh from Mexico
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-653 and 731-TA-1527 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Standard welded steel wire mesh (“wire mesh”) is designed for concrete reinforcement, consisting of square or rectangular grids of uniformly spaced carbon-steel smooth (with a uniform surface) or deformed (with a transverse indented or ribbed surface) wires that are welded together at all intersections, and is packaged and sold in rolls or sheets. The subject wire mesh is currently produced to meet ASTM specification A1064/A1064M, comparable foreign specifications (e.g., DIN, JIS, etc.), or proprietary specifications, which specify the wire gauges (diameters), spacing between transverse and longitudinal wires, and length and width combinations. Specifically excluded are galvanized wire mesh and epoxy-coated wire mesh.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
2.  Petitioners:  Insteel Industries Inc., Mount Airy, NC; Mid-South Wire Co., Nashville, TN; National Wire LLC, Conroe, TX; Oklahoma Steel & Wire Co., Madill, OK; and Wire Mesh Corp., Houston, TX.
3.  USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
4.  USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (conducted through written statements, testimony, and questions and responses (July 17-July 24, 2020)).
5.  USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2020.
6.  USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, August 14, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.  Number of U.S. producers:  12.
2.  Locations of producers’ plants:  California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
3.  Production and related workers:  515.
4.  U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $275 million.
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:  [1]
2.  Nonsubject imports:  [1]
3.  Leading import source:  Mexico.

 

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

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