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U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Supports Effective Enforcement of Trade Laws, Including Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders

09/30/2010

Recognizing the harm done to injured U.S. companies, industries, and American workers

Representatives Roy Blunt, Spencer Bachus, Sam Graves, Jo Ann Emerson, Todd Akin, and Blaine Luetkemeyer introduced House Resolution 1681 yesterday, supporting effective enforcement of United States trade laws. The resolution noted the blatant and widespread schemes of some unscrupulous foreign producers and certain complicit U.S. importers to engage in transshipment, document fraud, and false descriptions of imported merchandise subject to antidumping and countervailing duty orders. These serious violations of U.S law must be stopped in order to ensure that lawfully-owed duties are paid to the government, to protect consumers, and to remedy harm to injured U.S. companies, industries, and American workers.

The non-binding resolution:

  • recognizes the critical roles played by the Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in administering and enforcing U.S. trade laws
  • supports aggressive and effective enforcement of U.S. trade laws in order to protect U.S. revenue and consumers, and to remedy harm to injured U.S. companies, industries, and American workers
  • encourages our international trading partners to take prompt action to ensure that foreign companies exporting to the U.S. respect and abide by all requirements of U.S. trade laws, including antidumping and countervailing duty orders.

The Coalition for Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders praised the resolution: “We thank Representatives Blunt, Bachus, Graves, Emerson, Akin, and Luetkemeyer for recognizing that illegal duty evasion schemes are a major problem that affects all Americans,” said Milton Magnus, CEO of M&B Metal Products in Leeds, Alabama, and spokesperson for the Coalition. “These schemes not only injure our domestic industries, but they cause the loss of good-paying jobs and cost the U.S. Treasury well over a hundred million dollars in uncollected duties each year.”

In August, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate to address illegal evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders by importers and their foreign suppliers who systematically violate our trade laws. The Enforcing Orders and Reducing Circumvention and Evasion (ENFORCE) Act of 2010 would give important new tools to the Commerce and Customs to combat these illegal schemes to evade duties imposed by the government to combat unfair trade practices.

The Coalition for Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders consists of the following companies: Mid Continent Nail (Poplar Bluff, Missouri), M&B Metal Products (Leeds, Alabama), Vulcan Threaded Products (Pelham, Alabama), Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (Carthage, Missouri), American Spring Wire Company (Bedford Heights, Ohio), Insteel Industries (Mt. Airy, North Carolina), John Maneely Company (Beachwood, Ohio), Geo Specialty Chemicals (Lafayette, Indiana) and SSW Holding Company (Elizabethtown, Kentucky). These companies are American manufacturers of various products that are impacted by these illegal schemes.

The Commission’s public report Certain Steel Threaded Rod from China (Investigation No. 731- TA-1145 (Final), USITC Publication 4070, April 2009) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after April 27, 2009, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Steel Threaded Rod from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1145 (Final)

Product Description:
The product covered by these investigations is certain threaded rod, bar, or studs, of carbon quality steel, having a solid, circular cross section, of any diameter, in any straight length, that have been forged, turned, cold-drawn, cold-rolled, machine straightened, or otherwise cold-finished, and into which threaded grooves have been applied. In addition, the steel threaded rod, bar, or studs subject to this investigation are non headed and threaded along greater than 25 percent of their total length. A variety of finishes or coatings, such as plain oil finish as a temporary rust protectant, zinc coating (i.e., galvanized, whether by electroplating or hot-dipping), paint, and other similar finishes and coatings, may be applied to the merchandise. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 7318.15.5050 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:

  1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
  2. Petitioner: Vulcan Threaded Products.
  3. Investigation instituted by USITC: March 5, 2008.
  4. Hearing: February 25, 2009.
  5. USITC vote: March 26, 2009.
  6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: April 6, 2009.

U.S. Industry:

  1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of certain steel threaded rod in 2007: 9.
  2. Production volume is concentrated in Alabama.
  3. Employment of production and related workers: (1)
  4. U.S. producers’ shipments in 2007: (1)
  5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2007: (1)
  6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2007: (1)

U.S. Imports:

  1. Quantity of subject imports in 2007: 87,339,000 pounds.
  2. Value of subject imports in 2007: $28,273,000.