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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Metal Lockers from China

August 21, 2020
News Release 20-098
Inv. No. 701-TA-656,
Inv. No. 731-TA-1533
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Metal Lockers from China

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 metal lockers from China 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 metal lockers from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about October 2, 2020, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about December 16, 2020. 

The Commission’s public report Metal Lockers from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-656 and 731-TA-1533 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5113, August 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after September 21, 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

Certain Metal Lockers and Parts Thereof from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-656 and 731-TA-1533 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  The merchandise subject to these investigations consists of certain metal lockers, with or without doors, and parts thereof (metal lockers). These metal lockers are storage devices that are typically made of flat-rolled metal, metal mesh and/or expanded metal, which include but is not limited to alloy or non-alloy steel, stainless steel, or aluminum. The subject metal lockers may be shipped as individual or multiple locker units preassembled, welded, or combined into banks or tiers or as sets of component parts, bulk packed or any combination thereof. The scope also includes all parts and components of these metal lockers as well as accessories that are attached to the metal lockers when installed.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  List Industries, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida; Lyon LLC, Montgomery, Illinois; Penco Products, Inc., Greenville, North Carolina; and Tennsco Corp., Dickson, Tennessee.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, July 9, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Thursday, July 30, 2020 (conducted through written statements, testimony, and questions and responses (July 28-August 4, 2020)).
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, August 21, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, August 24, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  8.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
3.   Production and related workers:  737.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $157 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  [1]
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  [1]>

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   U.S. importers’ U.S. shipments:  $71 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  [1]
3.   Leading import sources:  China.

 

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

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