Background

A petition filed Oct. 5 alleges that forged steel fittings from China, Italy, and Taiwan are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such goods from China are benefiting from countervailable subsidies. Alleged dumping margins are 141.41 percent for China, 47.87 percent for Italy, and 109.35 percent for Taiwan.

The petition covers carbon and alloy forged steel fittings, whether unfinished (commonly known as blanks or rough forgings) or finished. Fittings are covered regardless of end finish, whether threaded, socket-weld, or other end connections. All types of fittings are included regardless of nominal pipe size, pressure rating, and wall thickness and whether or not heat treated.

Subject fittings are normally entered under HTSUS 7307.99.1000, 7307.99.3000, 7307.99.5045, and 7307.99.5060 and may also be entered under HTSUS 7307.92.3010, 7307.92.3030, 7307.92.9000, and 7326.19.0010.

Excluded from the petition are (a) all fittings entirely made of stainless steel and (b) flanges and butt-weld fittings.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.

For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or David Craven at (312) 279-2844.

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Kristen S. Smith
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