NEW YORK Wire producers
Davis Wire Corp. and Insteel Industries Inc. have filed an
anti-dumping duty petition with the Commerce Department and the
U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that imports of
pre-stressed concrete (PC) steel rail tie wire from China,
Mexico and Thailand are hurting the domestic market.
Irwindale, Calif.-based Davis, a
subsidiary of Heico Wire Group, and Mount Airy, N.C.-based
Insteel argue that imports of PC tie wire are being sold at
less than fair value and that market share for foreign material
is increasing quickly, according to a April 23 petition filed
with both federal agencies.
Davis and Insteel said they are
the only known U.S. producers of PC tie wire, which is
manufactured using a cleaning and descaling process, followed
by a zinc phosphate coating process and subsequent cold-drawn
method. PC tie wire is used in the rail industry, most notably
for Class 1 railways.
"Subject imports have increased
their share in the U.S. market by significantly undercutting
U.S. producer price levels," the petition said. "Unfairly
priced imports have also had a depressive and suppressive
effect on domestic producers prices."
In addition, petitioners also
alleged that PC tie wire had been classified by importers
during the past three years in other tariff codes.
Some 11 million pounds of
subject merchandise from the three named countries were
imported into the United States in 2010; that number jumped to
around 20 million pounds in 2012, the petition alleges, adding
that international capacity continues to increase.
The petitioners have alleged
dumping duties of 54.04 percent for Chinese producers, 156.92
percent for Mexican producers and 54.43 percent for Thai
The 53-page petition comes as
the wire industry has increasingly advocated for tougher trade
rules, particularly as some say that many imported products
containing steel wire cannot be accurately tracked (
amm.com, April 16).
Davis and Insteel could not be reached for comment.