Final rulings favour Elkay Domestic Operations
By HPAC MagazineHPAC General Plumbing
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that unlawful pricing by Chinese producers of drawn stainless steel sinks caused material injury to ELKAY Manufacturing Company and other domestic producers of drawn stainless steel sinks. As a result of the ruling, the anti-dumping and countervailing subsidy duties placed on Chinese imports by the Department of Commerce (DOC) are final for an initial five-year period. Four individual Chinese producers received combined rates ranging from 30.46 per cent to 52.13 per cent, while 19 cooperating producers received a rate of 42.06 per cent. Non-cooperating Chinese producers received a rate of 85.04 per cent. The March 2013 decision was in response to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy petitions filed by the company in March 2012, on behalf of U.S. stainless steel sink manufacturers. This vote follows a DOC final ruling in February 2013 that stated Chinese producers are selling drawn stainless steel sinks in the U.S. at less than fair value and that Chinese producers are being subsidized by the Chinese government.