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 youre a petitioner
or a respondent," said Frederick P. Waite, counsel for the
domestic industry and an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour
& Pease LLP. "But were 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.
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. "Theyre
basically selling product below our cost. If you take our raw
material and our plating, not labor or
overheadthats what theyre selling at. You
just cant 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
"They see theyre
losing sales to imports and they have information from their
customers about losing revenue and losing sales. Theyre
hearing from the marketplace, Jeez, the Indians are
coming in a very aggressive way, and the Thais are too,"
The other petitioners
in the trade complaint are Denver-based All America Threaded
Products Inc. and Brentwood, Calif.-based Bay Standard