440-600-1992

ITC Ruling on Chinese Sinks

DRAWN STAINLESS STEEL SINKS FROM CHINA INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS USITC

March 21, 2013 The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of drawn stainless steel sinks from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative. As a result of the USITC's affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China. The Commission's public report Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-489 and 731-TA-1201 (Final), USITC Publication 4390, April 2013) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after April 25, 2013, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, by 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

Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-489 and 731-TA-1201 (Final)

Product Description: Drawn stainless steel sinks are characterized by a seamless basin and rim, shaped by forming (drawing), punching, and stamping operations from a single stainless steel sheet blank. The stainless steel surfaces of drawn sinks provide a combination of strength, light weight, flexibility, toughness, stain and heat resistance, easy maintenance, and aesthetic appeal particularly for their most common end-use application in residential kitchens. Whether consisting of only a single basin or of multiple basins joined together, these sinks are available in two different mounting configurations: for top (drop-in) mounting above the countertop, undermounting beneath the countertop, or dual (suitable for either) mounting configuration.

Status of Proceedings: 1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping and countervailing duty. 2. Petitioner: Elkay Manufacturing Company, Oak Brook, IL. 4. USITC hearing: February 21, 2013. 5. USITC vote: March 21, 2013. 6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: April 4, 2013. U.S. Industry: 1. Number of U.S. producers in 2011: 7. 2. Location of producers' plants: Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Utah. 3. Employment of production and related workers in 2011: (1) 4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2011: (1) 5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2011: $301.4 million. 6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2011: 39.5 percent. U.S. Imports in 2011: 1. From the subject country during 2011: $119.1 million. 2. From other countries during 2011: (1) 3. Leading sources during 2011: China and Mexico (in terms of total value).

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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