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USITC To Continue Investigations of Turkish, Indian Quartz Surface

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USITC To Continue Investigations of Turkish, Indian Quartz Surface

Posted on 26 June 2019 by cradmin

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined June 24 that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of quartz surface products from India and Turkey that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from India and Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about August 1, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about October 15, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Quartz Surface Products from India and Turkey (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-624-625 and 731-TA-1450-1451 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4919, July 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after July 22, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.

You may also be interested in this article about the determinations on Chinese quartz anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

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USITC Affirms Chinese Quartz Antidumping & Countervailing Duties, Not Retroactive

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USITC Affirms Chinese Quartz Antidumping & Countervailing Duties, Not Retroactive

Posted on 11 June 2019 by cradmin

Today, June 11, 2019, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)  determined that the U.S. quartz surfacing industry was materially injured by reason of imports of quartz surface products from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and dumped on the U.S. market at less than fair value.

However, the USITC also made a negative finding concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of these products from China.  As a result, imports of quartz surface products from China made prior to the initial finding will not be subject to retroactive antidumping or countervailing duties. This is a critical element, as numerous businesses could have been subject to millions in fees dating back 90 before a ruling was issued, which may have driving many businesses under.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue final antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this quartz surfacing from China on June 24. Importers of these products could be liable for antidumping duties of up to 265.81 to 333.69 percent and countervailing duties of up to 45.32 to 190.99 percent, which were the preliminary amounts. However, it is possible the final duty determinations by the Department of Commerce on June 24 may be lower than the preliminary duties.

These fees are in addition to the 25 percent tariffs put on Chinese quartz products by President Trump.

The Commission’s full public report Quartz Surface Products from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-606 and 731-TA-1416 (Final), USITC Publication 4913, June 2019) will be issued on or about July 18 and will be available on the USITC website at: https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library. It will contain the views of the USITC and information developed during the investigations.

Importers should also be aware that some crushed glass surface products may now be included in the scope. Under a revised exclusion for such products, only those that meet each of the following criteria will not be subject to the duties: 1) the crushed glass content is greater than any other single material by actual weight; 2) there are pieces of crushed glass visible across the surface of the product; 3) at least some of these pieces are larger than one centimeter wide; and 4) the distance between any single glass piece and the closest separate glass piece does not exceed 3 in.

The full press release issued by the USITC regarding the affirmative Chinese quartz dumping and countervailing duties ruling can be found here.

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USITC Continues Investigating Quartz Antidumping Claim

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USITC Continues Investigating Quartz Antidumping Claim

Posted on 15 June 2018 by CRadmin2

In April, Cambria, the largest U.S. Manufacturer of quartz surfaces, filed a claim that China had violated antidumping laws, suggesting that strict duties be imposed on imported quartz slabs and fabricated countertops. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) was compelled by law to consider whether this claim had merit by the end of the month.

On May 31, the USITC took a vote and “determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of quartz surface products from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

This means that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will continue to investigate Cambria’s claim and will make a preliminary countervailing determination on or around July 11, 2018. Pending this proceeding, an antidumping determination is scheduled to be made around September 24, 2018.

“Dumped and subsidized Chinese imports are harming American workers, American businesses and American manufacturing,” stated Marty Davis, President and CEO of Cambria.  “We are encouraged by the actions taken thus far by both the Department of Commerce and the ITC to stop this unfair trading and restore a level playing field where we can compete fairly in a free-market economy.  The unfairly traded Chinese imports have disrupted healthy competition and threaten to gravely injure the quartz surfaces product industry at all levels of trade in the U.S.”

The Freedonia Group, a prominent industrial research company that publishes a comprehensive countertop industry outlook, also weighed in on the matter. According to the firm, China accounts for nearly half of the total quartz used in the U.S., and since 2012, imports have surged in response to growth in the engineered stone market. This has caused a slide in the market share from the leading producers, such as Cambria, Cosentino and Caesarstone.

“If antidumping and countervailing duties are imposed as expected, this will have an immediate impact on average slab prices, said Michael Hurley, an analyst for the Freedonia Group.” Hurley went on to explain that imports from China will rise in price, and the demand will increase for quartz slabs produced at with raw materials that are more expensive, which will raise average price levels.

In addition, higher material costs will make countertops made from competitive materials more attractive.

“This will slow engineered stone countertop market growth in area terms to some degree,” predicted Hurley. However, he quickly added that engineered stone will remain the fastest-growing countertop material through at least 2022.

Others believe that the Chinese will find loopholes should duties be imposed, and inexpensive quartz will continue to be available with little, if any, disruption. The jury is still out on what will actually happen should duties be imposed on Chinese quartz, but we here at CountertopResource.com will be watching this story closely and keeping you updated every step of the way.

The full report of the initial USITC investigation will be available to the public as soon as June 29 on the USITC website.

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