The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that domestic manufacturers were materially injured or threatened with material injury by imports from China of steel kitchen appliance shelving and racks.
The U.S. Department of Commerce had earlier determined that certain of those products were subsidized and sold in the United States at least than fair value.
The ITC’s Aug. 18 decision covered shelving and racks used in household and recreational vehicle refrigerators, combined refrigerator freezers and other freezing equipment, and certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks, baskets and subframes.
For refrigeration shelving, commission members unanimously found material injury. For oven racks, the commissioners voted 4-to-1 in finding a threat of material injury.
As a result of the ITC’s affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue countervailing and antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China.
Nashville Wire Products Inc., SSW Holding Co. Inc and the United Steelworkers, which filed the trade complaint in July 2008, applauded the ITC decisions, which pave the way for collection of additional tariffs on imported kitchen shelving and racks ranging from 57 percent to 245 percent.