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U.S. DoC begins AD investigation of steel rail tie wire from 3 countries

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) announced that antidumping duty investigations have begun of imports of prestressed concrete steel rail tie wire from China, Mexico and Thailand.

A press release said that the petitioners for the probe were Insteel Wire Products Company and Davis Wire Corporation. It noted that in 2012, imports of PC tie wire from China, Mexico and Thailand were valued at an estimated $35.6 million, $14.7 million and $373,000, respectively. The product covered by the scope of these investigations, it said, is high carbon steel wire; stress relieved or low relaxation; indented or otherwise deformed; meeting at a minimum the American Society for Testing Materials A881/A881M specification; regardless of shape, size, or other alloy element levels; suitable for use as prestressed tendons in concrete railroad ties. High carbon steel is defined as steel that contains 0.6% or more of carbon by weight.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make a preliminary injury determinations on or before June 7. If the ITC will find that imports of steel rail tie wire materially injure or threaten to injure the domestic industry, then the DoC will make its preliminary determination by September 30.

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