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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Utility Scale Wind Towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain

December 1, 2020
News Release 20-140
Inv. No. 701-TA-660-661 and 731-TA-1543-1545 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Utility Scale Wind Towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain

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 utility scale wind towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of India and Malaysia.

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 utility scale wind towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about January 13, 2021, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 29, 2021.

The Commission’s public report Utility Scale Wind Towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-660-661 and 731-TA-1543-1545 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5146, December 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after January 4, 2021; 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

Utility Scale Wind Towers from India, Malaysia, and Spain
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-660-661 and 731-TA-1543-1545 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Wind towers, whether or not tapered, and sections thereof, are designed to support the nacelle and rotor blades in a wind turbine with a minimum rated electrical power generation capacity in excess of 100 kilowatts and with a minimum height of 50 meters (164 feet) measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the nacelle when fully assembled. A wind tower section consists of, at a minimum, multiple steel plates rolled into cylindrical or conical shapes and welded together (or otherwise attached) to form a steel shell, regardless of coating, end-finish, painting, treatment, or method of manufacture, and with or without flanges, doors, or internal or external components attached to the wind tower section. Several wind tower sections are normally required to form a completed wind tower. Specifically excluded from the scope are (1) nacelles and rotor blades, regardless of whether they are attached to the wind tower; (2) any internal or external components which are not attached to the wind towers or sections thereof, unless those components are shipped with the tower sections.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Arcosa Wind Towers Inc., Dallas, TX; and Broadwind Towers Inc., Manitowoc, WI.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Tuesday, December 01, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, December 04, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  6.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  2,183.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $995 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 sources:  Indonesia,

 

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

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