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Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Steel Racks from the People’s Republic of China

Case Summary

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): PRC

II.  Product: The merchandise covered by this investigation is steel racks and parts thereof, assembled or unassembled. Steel racks are racks made of steel of dimensions and configurations that can be adjusted as required, with or without locking tabs or slots, and with or without bolted, clamped, or welded connections, including any of the following: uprights, posts, columns, braces, frames, beams, arms, locking devices, and rails.

A steel rack is a structure typically made from cold-formed or hot-rolled steel structural members and includes, but is not limited to, components such as plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, and tubes. Welding, bolting, and clipping are the typical methods of assembly. Connections may also be made with locking devices such as clips, end plates, and beam connectors. Steel racks may be made to ANSI MH16.l or ANSI MH16.3 standards. All steel racks and parts thereof meeting the physical description set out herein are covered by the scope of this investigation, whether or not produced according to a particular standard.

The vertical components of steel racks may be referred to as uprights, posts, or columns, and may be connected with horizontal or diagonal braces to form upright frames. A typical storage configuration comprises upright frames perpendicular to the aisles that are independently adjustable, with positive-locking beams parallel to the aisle and spanning between the upright frames, and braces designed to support unit loads between the beams. A cantilever rack consists of uprights running parallel to the aisle and cantilever beams or aims connected to the uprights and running perpendicular to the aisle rather than spanning two upright frames.

The scope includes all steel racks and parts thereof meeting the description above, regardless of: (1) dimensions, weight, strength, gauge, or load rating; (2) vertical upright or frame type (including structural, roll-form, or other); (3) horizontal support or beam/brace type (including but not limited to structural, roll-form, slotted, unslotted, Z-beam, C-beam, L-beam, step beam, cantilever beam, and cargo rack); (4) number of supports; (5) number of levels; (6) surface coating, if any (including but not limited to paint, epoxy, powder coating, zinc, or other metallic coatings); (7) shape (including but not limited to rectangular, square, comer, and cantilever); (8) the method by which the vertical and horizontal supports connect (including but not limited to locking tabs or slots, bolting, clamping, and welding); and (9) the inclusion or not of moving components (including but not limited to rails, wheels, rollers, tracks, channels, carts, and conveyors).

Steel racks may be referred to as pallet racks, storage racks, stacker racks, retail racks, pick modules, selective racks, or cantilever racks. Steel racks that incorporate moving components may also be referred to as pallet-flow racks, carton-flow racks, push-back racks, movable-shelf racks, drive-in racks, and drive-through racks.

Subject merchandise includes material matching the above description that has been finished, assembled, or packaged in a third county, including by coating, painting, assembling, attaching to, or packaging with another product, or any other finishing, assembly, or packaging operation that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the steel racks and parts thereof.

III.  HTS classifications:

Merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under the following subheadings: 7326.90.8688 and 9403.20.0080. Subject merchandise may also enter under subheadings 7308.90.3000, 7308.90.6000, 7308.90.9590, and 9403.20.0090. The HTSUS subheadings set forth above are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is dispositive.

IV.  Date of Filing: June 20, 2018

V.  Petitioners: The Coalition for Fair Rack Imports

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

Please contact our office for a list filed with the petition.

VII.  US Importers named. 

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margins (No CVD Margins Listed):

PRC: 131.1-145.7%;

IX.  Comments:

A.  Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: July 11, 2018.

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B.  The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is July 31, 2018; CVD is July 10, 2018.

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C.  Volume and Value of Imports:

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D.  List of Alleged Subsidy Programs:

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If you have any questions regarding how this investigation may impact future imports of scope merchandise, or whether a particular product is within the scope of the investigation, please contact one of our attorneys.

Type of Action
HTS Classifications
Date of Filing
Foreign Producers and Exporters
US Named Importers
Alleged Dumping Margins
Additional Notes