U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Dumping and Countervailable Subsidization of Imports of Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam
For Immediate Release
June 30, 2020
Contact: ITA Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, South Korea (AD only), and Vietnam.
Commerce determined that producers and/or exporters from Canada, Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam have sold utility scale wind towers at less than fair value in the United States at rates of 4.94 percent for Canada, 8.53 percent for Indonesia, 5.41 percent for South Korea, and 65.96 percent for Vietnam.
In addition, Commerce determined that producers and/or exporters from Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam received countervailable subsidies at rates of 1.18 percent for Canada, 5.90 percent for Indonesia, and 2.84 percent for Vietnam.
In 2019, imports of utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam were valued at an estimated $56.6 million, $108.8 million, $78.7 million, and $106.1 million, respectively.
The petitioner is the Wind Tower Trade Coalition, whose members are Arcosa Wind Towers, Inc. (Dallas), and Broadwind Towers, Inc. (Manitowoc, Wisc.).
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about August 13. If the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD and CVD orders. If the ITC makes negative final injury determinations, the investigations will be terminated, and no orders will be issued.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 262 new AD and CVD investigations – a 236 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The AD and CVD laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 529 AD and CVD orders that provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to AD duties. Foreign companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments, such as grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, or production inputs, are subject to CVD duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.