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Trade case filed vs. PC tie wire imports

Keywords: Tags  steel wire, PC tie wire, trade case, anti-dumping, China, Mexico, Thailand, Heico Davis Wire

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 producers.

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 (, April 16).

Davis and Insteel could not be reached for comment.

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