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Commerce Finds Dumping of Metal Tool Chests from China and Vietnam

Written by Sandy Williams

The Commerce Department announced a preliminary finding of dumping in the investigation of metal tool chests and cabinets imported from China and Vietnam.

The investigation was initiated by a petition from Waterloo Industries, in Sedalia, Missouri. The investigation covers all metal tool chests and cabinets, including top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets and side cabinets, storage units, mobile work benches, and work stations from China and Vietnam including those prepackaged for retail sale in a third country prior to importation to the United States.

In 2016, imports of tool chests and cabinets from China and Vietnam were valued at an estimated $230 million and $77 million, respectively.

Preliminary dumping rates are as follows:

Next Steps

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations in March 2018. If both Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) make affirmative final determinations that imports of tool chests and cabinets from China and Vietnam materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry in the United States, Commerce will issue AD orders.

The ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determinations by May 7, 2018.

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