For Immediate Release
February 5, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam.
Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam have dumped utility scale wind towers in the United States at a rates of 5.04 percent, 6.38 percent, 5.98 percent, and 65.96 percent, respectively.
As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam based on the preliminary rates noted above.
In 2018, imports of utility scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam were valued at an estimated $60.2 million, $37.4 million, $50 million, and $21.4 million, respectively.
The petitioner is the Wind Tower Trade Coalition, the members of which are Arcosa Wind Towers, Inc. (Dallas) and Broadwind Towers, Inc. (Manitowoc, Wisc.).
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 200 new AD and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 170 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The antidumping duty law provides 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 516 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Commerce is scheduled to announce the final determination for Vietnam on or about April 21. Commerce is scheduled to announce the final determinations for Canada, Indonesia, and Korea on or about June 26.
If Commerce’s final determination is affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations for Vietnam on or about June 4, and for Canada, Indonesia, and Korea on or about August 10. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination of dumping and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue an AD order. If Commerce makes a negative final determination of dumping or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.
Click here for a fact sheet on today’s decisions.
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 solely on factual evidence.
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 antidumping duties.