On August 16, 2017, the Coalition of American Flange Producers, composed of Core Pipe Products, Inc. and Maass Flange Corporation, filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties and countervailing duties on imports of Stainless Steel Flanges from the People’s Republic of China and India.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The products covered by this investigation are certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished, generally manufactured to the material specification of ASTM/ASME A/SA182, and made in alloys such as, but not limited to, 304, 304L, 316, and 316L (or combinations thereof). The scope includes six general types of flanges. They are: (1) weld neck, used in butt-weld line connection; (2) threaded, used for threaded line connections; (3) slip-on, used to slide over pipe; (4) lap joint, used with stub-ends/butt-weld line connections; (5) socket weld, used to fit pipe into a machine recession; and (6) blind, used to seal off a line. The sizes and descriptions of the flanges within the scope include all pressure classes of ASME B16.5 and range from one-half inch to twenty-four inches nominal pipe size. Specifically excluded from the scope of these orders are cast stainless steel flanges. Cast stainless steel flanges generally are manufactured to specification ASTM A3 51.

Unfinished stainless steel flanges possess the approximate shape of finished stainless steel flanges and have not yet been machined to final specification after the initial casting, forging, or like operations. These machining processes may include boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, beveling, heating, or compressing.

The country of origin for certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished is the country where the flange was forged. Subject merchandise includes stainless steel flanges as defined above that have been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to processing such as boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, beveling, heating, or compressing, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations if performed in the country of manufacture of the stainless steel flanges.

Merchandise subject to the investigation is typically imported under headings 7307.21.1000 and 7307.21.5000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). While HTS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

PETITIONERS

Core Pipe Products, Inc. 170 Tubeway Dr. Carol Stream, IL 60188

Maass Flange Corporation 6202 Lumberdale Rd Houston TX 77092

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS

Daniel B. Pickard Wiley Rein LLP 1776 K Street NW Washington D.C. 20006

ALLEGED DUMPING MARGIN

China: 79.93%- 216.96% India: 70.78%-131.64%

ALLEGED SUBSIDIES MARGIN

Countervailing Duty Petitions issued against China and India. Amounts of additional duties unspecified.

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign products/exporters alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

For a list of importers alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment II.

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

2014 2015 2016 Jan-June 2016 Jan-June 2017
China
Volume (1,000 pounds) 7,928 7,187 5,410 2,646 2,855
Value (1,000 USD) 27,477 22,869 18,066 9,007 9,520
AUV (USD/lb) 3.47 3.18 3.34 3.40 3.33
India
Volume (1,000 pounds) 26,114 23,334 17,705 9,484 10,446
Value (1,000 USD) 66,842 57,066 33,431 18,920 20,078
AUV (USD/lb) 2.56 2.45 1.89 1.99 1.92