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Steel rod producers confident in trade case vs. Thailand, India

Keywords: Tags  threaded rod, steel rod, Alan Logan, Frederick Waite, Vulcan Threaded Products, Bay Standard Manufacturing, All America Threaded Products, International Trade Commission dumping

NEW YORK — Domestic steel threaded rod producers are confident that their dumping and subsidy complaints against imports from Thailand and India will be successful.

"No case is a perfect case. There are always issues, whether you’re a petitioner or a respondent," said Frederick P. Waite, counsel for the domestic industry and an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP. "But we’re confident our analysis shows dumping, subsidies and injury."

The U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to make a preliminary injury determination within 45 days.

The domestic industry began preparing a case against Thailand and India in late 2010 and early 2011, but producers had started noticing cheap imports as early as 2009, according to Alan Logan, operations manager at Pelham, Ala.-based Vulcan Threaded Products Inc., one of the companies bringing the trade complaint.

U.S. executives visited threaded rod producers in Thailand and India in January 2012 and saw evidence of dumping, Logan said. "They are dumping way under the cost of production," he alleged. "They’re basically selling product below our cost. If you take our raw material and our plating, not labor or overhead—that’s what they’re selling at. You just can’t do that."

U.S. rod imports from Thailand were close to nothing in 2009 but are on pace to total 23 million pounds this year, Logan said. Threaded rod imports from India and Thailand increased by 57 percent from 2010 to 2012.

"They see they’re losing sales to imports and they have information from their customers about losing revenue and losing sales. They’re hearing from the marketplace, ‘Jeez, the Indians are coming in a very aggressive way, and the Thais are too,’" Waite said.

The other petitioners in the trade complaint are Denver-based All America Threaded Products Inc. and Brentwood, Calif.-based Bay Standard Manufacturing Inc.

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