The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative final determinations in the anti dumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of forged steel fittings from China and Italy and countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of forged steel fittings from China.
The Commerce Department determined that exporters from China and Italy have sold forged steel fittings in the United States at 8.00 to 142.72 percent and 49.43 to 80.20 percent less than fair value, respectively. Commerce also determined that China is providing countervailable subsidies to its producers of forged steel fittings at the final rate of 13.41 percent.
In 2017, imports of forged steel fittings from China and Italy were valued at an estimated $104.8 million and $43.9 million, respectively. The petitioners are Bonney Forge Corporation (Mount Union, PA), and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (Pittsburgh, PA).
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current Administration, Commerce has initiated 124 new anti dumping and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 226 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
Anti dumping and countervailing duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 456 anti dumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on November 15, 2018. If the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD and CVD orders. If the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties. Companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments, such as grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, or production inputs, are subject to countervailing duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international law and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.