WASHINGTON Jan 18 A U.S. trade panel on Friday
narrowly approved punitive duties for five years on hundreds of
millions of dollars of wind towers from China and Vietnam.
The U.S. International Trade Commission voted 3-3 that U.S.
producers were either materially injured or threatened with
material injury by unfairly priced and subsidized imports from
the two countries.
A tie vote goes to the petitioner in U.S. anti-dumping and
countervailing duty cases.
The United States imported $222 million of wind towers from
China last year and about $79 million from Vietnam.
The tall steel towers support turbines that generate
electricity from the wind.
U.S. producers have complained that unfair Asian competition
was forcing them to close plants and shed jobs.
The ITC vote clears the way for the Commerce Department to
issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on the wind
The department announced its final duty determinations last
month in the case.
It set final anti-dumping duties ranging from 44.99 to 70.63
percent on utility-scale towers manufactured in China and
additional countervailing duties of 21.86 to 34.81 percent to
combat Chinese government subsidies.
The department slapped final anti-dumping duties of 51.40 to
58.49 percent on wind towers from Vietnam. There was not a
subsidy component to the complaint against Vietnam.
Importers have been required since last year to post bonds
or cash deposits based on preliminary anti-dumping and
countervailing duty rates.