U.S. International Trade Commission Rules Unanimously Chinese Steel Cylinder Imports Have Injured Domestic Producer


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that imports of high pressure steel cylinders from the People’s Republic of China have materially injured Haynes and Boone, LLP client Norris Cylinder Company of Longview, TX.

Haynes and Boone obtained a unanimous final affirmative antidumping and countervailing duty determination from the ITC on behalf of the Texas company, which is a subsidiary of diversified manufacturer TriMas Corporation. The ITC found that Norris was injured by cylinders subsidized by the Government of China and dumped into the U.S. market by producers in China.

As a result of the ruling, an antidumping duty of 6.62 percent and a countervailing duty of 15.81 percent have been ordered on the Chinese imports. These duties are designed to create a fairer competitive environment in the U.S. and enable Norris Cylinder to continue to provide its customers with high quality, high pressure steel cylinders.

Norris Cylinder is the last remaining producer of high pressure steel cylinders in the United States.

"It is immensely gratifying that the ITC understood the seriousness of this unfair competition from China,” said Ed Lebow, the Haynes and Boone Washington, D.C.-based attorney who represented Norris. “This decision will permit the U.S. high pressure steel cylinder industry to remain alive and competitive on the world market."

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