The United States Department of Commerce announced the preliminary results on Dec. 13th, found that there are subsidies for the import of cast iron sewage pipe fittings from China.
The U.S. Commerce Department said in a statement the preliminary ruling that China’s exports of cast iron sewer fittings to the United States have received subsidies ranging from 8.66% to 102.31%. Earlier, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy (“double countervailing duties”) investigation of the imported cast iron sewer fittings from China on August 3 in response to a complaint filed by the American Association of Cast Iron Sewers.
The United States International Trade Commission has ruled on August 25 that it believes that such products imported from China cause substantial damage to the U.S. related industries. According to U.S. procedures, the U.S. Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission will finalize the above investigation in April and June next year respectively. If both establish that such products imported from China cause substantial damage or threat to the industries in the United States, the U.S. Commerce Department will require the CBP to impose “double countervailing duties” on the related products.