WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a final determination that dumped and subsidized fabricated structural steel (FSS) imports from Canada, China, and Mexico do not materially injure or threaten with material injury the domestic FSS industry. On February 4, 2019, the Full Member Subgroup of the American Institute of Steel Construction, LLC (AISC) filed petitions with the ITC and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) alleging that FSS imports from these countries are unfairly traded and that they are materially injuring the domestic industry. On January 24, 2020, the DOC confirmed that Canadian, Chinese, and Mexican FSS is being sold in the U.S. market at dumped and/or subsidized prices in its affirmative final determinations. Nonetheless, the ITC’s negative determination means that trade orders will not impose further duties on these imports.
On behalf of the Full Member Subgroup, the petitioner is currently assessing its options to address the continued influx of unfairly traded FSS imports into the U.S. market and will continue to work to ensure a level playing field for the domestic FSS industry. “We are clearly disappointed with the ITC’s negative determination. U.S. fabricators and the American families who depend on them are hurting because of unfairly traded FSS imports and will suffer additional harm in the absence of much-needed trade relief,” said Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD, president of the American Institute of Steel Construction. “Our members’ facilities are sitting underutilized as these imports undercut us on price and take projects across the United States. American fabricators are the best in the world and can compete against anyone anywhere, but they shouldn’t be forced to compete against dumped and subsidized FSS.”