USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Stainless Steel Flanges from China and India

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Inv. No. 701-TA-585-586 and 731-TA-1383-1384 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Stainless Steel Flanges from China and India

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 stainless steel flanges from China and India that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of these products from China and India, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about November 9, 2017, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about January 23, 2018.

The Commission’s public report Stainless Steel Flanges from China and India (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-585-586 and 731-TA-1383-1384 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4734, October 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after October 31, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Stainless Steel Flanges from China and India

Investigation Nos. 701-TA-585-586 and 731-TA-1383-1384 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The stainless steel flanges subject to these investigations are forged and can be finished, semifinished, or unfinished. Subject flanges are made from stainless steel and are generally manufactured to, but not limited to, the material specification of ASTM/ASME A/SA182 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications. Subject stainless steel flanges meet the sizes and description standards for all pressure classes of ASME B16.5 and range in size from one-half inch to 24 inches in nominal pipe size. Stainless steel flanges are used to connect together stainless steel pipe sections and piping components (valves, pumps, tanks, and other equipment) to form a piping system. Stainless steel flanges are usually welded or screwed to the ends of pipes or other equipment requiring a connection and are joined to each other by bolting. Forged stainless steel flanges are a component of stainless steel process piping in oil and gas refineries, nuclear power plants, chemical synthesis plants, paper mills, food processing facilities, and other applications where cleanliness and corrosion resistance are required and in power plants where their high-temperature properties are needed.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations: Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.

2.   Petitioners: Core Pipe Products, Inc., Carol Stream, IL; Maass Flange Corporation, Houston, TX.

3.   USITC Institution Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

4.   USITC Conference Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

5.   USITC Vote Date: Friday, September 29, 2017.

6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date: Monday, October 2, 2017.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers: 3

2.   Location of producers’ plants: Illinois, Michigan, and Texas.

3.   Production and related workers: [1]

4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments: 1

5.   Apparent U.S. consumption: 1

6.   Ratio of the value of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: 1

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports: $51.5 million.

2.   Nonsubject imports: $58.8 million.

3.   Leading import sources: India, China, Germany, Canada, and Japan (in terms of total value).

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