Commerce Department rules China, Vietnam dumped wind towers on U.S. market

The Department of Commerce issued its final results in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigation of Chinese producers of utility scale wind towers and its final results in the antidumping investigation of Vietnamese producers of utility-scale wind power towers.

In its final results, Commerce found that Chinese producers dumped towers in the U.S. at rates of between 44.99 percent to 70.63 percent and these same producers received countervailable subsidies from the government of China at rates of between 21.86 percent and 34.81 percent. Commerce also found that Vietnamese producers dumped wind towers in the U.S. at rates of between 51.50 percent to 58.49 percent.

The case was brought on December 29, 2011, by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition, a coalition of U.S. producers of utility scale wind towers. The case covers utility scale wind towers with a minimum height of 50 meters that are designed to support turbines with generating capacities in excess of 100 kW. The case alleges that unfairly dumped and subsidized wind towers from China and Vietnam are materially injuring the U.S. wind tower industry.

"These final results are an important step in remedying the material injury already suffered by the U.S. industry and will force the Chinese and Vietnamese producers to compete fairly," said Alan H. Price, partner in Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice and lead counsel to the WTTC.

The determination by Commerce establishes the final antidumping and countervailing duty margins in the investigations. Following the publication of Commerce's final determination in the Federal Register, and an affirmative material injury determination by the International Trade Commission, Commerce will instruct Customs and Border Protection to begin collecting cash deposits on entries of utility scale wind towers at the antidumping and countervailing duty rates determined.

"Over the last two years, in a period of peak demand, the U.S. industry should have been profitable," Price said. "Instead, due to the surge in dumped and subsidized imports, the industry lost market share and saw its profits collapse. While competing against dumped and subsidized towers has been difficult for the U.S. industry, these difficulties are compounded by the fact that some of the major Chinese producers are controlled directly by the Central Government."

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