For Immediate Release: August 8, 2008
Contact: Brittany Eck (202) 482-3809
COMMERCE FINDS UNFAIR DUMPING OF STEEL WIRE GARMENT HANGERS FROM CHINA
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of steel wire garment hangers from China. Steel wire garment hangers are produced primarily for use by dry cleaning, industrial laundry, textile and uniform rental industries.
“The Department of Commerce is committed to ensuring enforcement of antidumping laws when investigations find unfair foreign pricing, which disadvantages American workers in the global marketplace,” said Assistant Secretary for Import Administration David Spooner.
Commerce determined that exporters from China have sold steel wire garment hangers in the United States at 15.44 to 186.98 percent less than normal value. China’s two mandatory respondents, Shanghai Wells Hanger Co Ltd. and Shaoxing Metal Companies received final dumping rates of 15.44 and 94.06 percent respectively. Thirteen exporters qualified for a separate rate of 54.75 percent. All other exporters received a China-wide rate of 186.98 percent.
Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than normal value. As a result of the affirmative final determination in the China investigation, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to collect a cash deposit or bond on entries of hangers from China based on the final rates for all companies.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to issue its final injury determination in the China investigation on or before September 22. If the ITC determines that imports from China are injuring, or threatening injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue an AD order. If the ITC makes a negative injury determination, the China investigation will be terminated.
The petitioner for this investigation is M&B Metal Products Company, Inc. of Leeds, Ala.
For more information about Import Administration or for the fact sheet on today’s decision, please visit www.trade.gov/ia.
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