June 9, 2014
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an affirmative determination in its preliminary investigation of 53-ft. domestic containers from China.
The investigation stems from Stoughton Trailers, LLC filing an unfair trade petition on April 23, 2014, which alleges the domestic container manufacturing industry in the United States has been “materially retarded,” that is, abnormally prevented from growing and developing as it otherwise would have in a truly free market, as a result of imports from China.
As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations on imports of these products.
The Commerce Department’s investigation can result in the imposition of a duty escrow requirement in late summer and the subsequent assessment of actual duties to compensate for the level of unfair trading, the agency says.
“The goal in filing this petition is to ensure that all transportation equipment manufacturers, including Stoughton Trailers as well as our Chinese competitors, compete on a level playing field in this important market,” says Robert Wahlin, president of Stoughton Trailers, LLC. “This petition, if ultimately successful, will also help ensure that America has a strong, domestically based industry to manufacture, sell, and service 53-ft. intermodal containers.”
The International Trade Commission is expected to issue a public report, which details its findings and the bases of its affirmative determination, in approximately two weeks.