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Commerce Sets Duties on Tool Chests from China, Vietnam

Written by Sandy Williams

The antidumping investigation by Commerce into the imports of tool chests and cabinets from China and Vietnam moved closer to a conclusion on Wednesday.

Commerce announced its affirmative final determination, calculating a dumping rate of 97.11 percent for the mandatory respondent Tongrun Single Entity. All other producers/exporters in China that are eligible for a separate rate received a rate of 97.11 percent. The China-wide rate was calculated at 244.29 percent, based on adverse facts available.

None of the Vietnam producers/exporters are eligible for a separate rate and received a Vietnam-wide rate of 327.12 percent due to adverse facts.

The petitioner in the investigation is Waterloo Industries, a tool chest manufacturer in Sedalia, Mo.

The investigation covers certain metal tool chests and tool cabinets, with drawers,  from China and Vietnam. The scope includes top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets and side cabinets, storage units, mobile work benches, and work stations made of carbon, alloy, stainless steel and/or other metals.

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

The ITC is scheduled to make its final determination regarding injury to the domestic industry on May 18, 2018.


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