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US To Issue AD And CV Duties On China, Vietnam Wind Towers


Reposted from the Daily Media Report of the American Iron and Steel Institute


US To Issue AD And CV Duties On China, Vietnam Wind Towers

January 22, 2013 | Daily Media Report (article from Steel Business Briefing)

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of utility-scale wind towers from China and an antidumping duty order on imports of the towers from Vietnam after an affirmative ruling by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) on Friday.

The US ITC ruling was the final phase of the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations regarding the steel plate intensive wind towers being imported from Vietnam and China.

The DOC determined Chinese and Vietnamese producers and exporters sold the wind towers in the US at dumping margins of 44.99-70.63% and 51.50-58.49%, respectively. The DOC also determined Chinese producers and exporters received countervailable subsidies of 21.86-34.81%.

Industry sources estimate 30-40% of all US wind towers are imported. A standard onshore wind turbine structure requires 120-150 mt of plate. ITC findings concluded that in 2011 $265.9 million worth of wind towers were imported into the US from Vietnam and China while all other countries combined to export $155.9 million worth.

Besides China and Vietnam, the other leading sources of imported wind towers in the US in 2011 were Canada, Indonesia, Korea and Mexico.

The petitioner for the investigations was the Wind Tower Trade Coalition represented by Washington, D.C. law firm Wiley Rein and comprised of US companies Broadwind Towers, DMI Industries, Katana Summit and Trinity Structural Towers.



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