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ITC Makes Preliminary Determination that American Flange Producers May Have Been Materially Injured by Imports from China and India

September 29, 2017

Washington, DC—The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) preliminarily determined that there is a reasonable indication that imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India have materially injured the U.S. stainless steel flange industry. All four Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

The ITC determination is in response to an August 16, 2017 petition filed by the Coalition of American Flange Producers (CAFP). The case alleges that imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India are being unfairly dumped in the United States. The case also asserts that Chinese and Indian producers of stainless steel flanges receive improper government subsidies, such as tax breaks and discounted raw materials. These actions violate international trade rules and cause material injury to the U.S. stainless steel flange industry.

“The U.S. industry and its workers are suffering today as a result of dumped and subsidized imports from China and India,” said Daniel B. Pickard, counsel to the CAFP and partner in the International Trade Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. “We urge the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission to continue to thoroughly investigate these unfair trade practices and to apply the trade remedy laws to dumped and subsidized Chinese and Indian products.”

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) investigations of imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India. The ITC’s affirmative preliminary injury determination paves the way for Commerce to continue moving forward with these investigations. Commerce is expected to issue its preliminary CVD determinations in November 2017 and its preliminary AD determinations in January 2018. If Commerce reaches an affirmative preliminary determination in these cases, provisional AD and CVD duties will be collected based on the preliminary margins calculated.

The Coalition of American Flange Producers is committed to standing up for American workers and supporting U.S. manufacturers.

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