The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled imports of stainless steel sinks from China are subsidized by the Chinese government and are harming domestic manufacturers of similar products since they are sold on the U.S. market at less than fair value.
All six ITC commissioners voted in the affirmative on Thursday.
As a result of the ITC's determinations, the Commerce Department will now issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China. It’s estimated in 2011 the United States imported $119.1 million of these sinks from China.
The petitioner for the ITC investigation was Oak Brook, Ill.-based Elkay Manufacturing Co. The ITC said there are seven U.S. producers of stainless steel sinks with plants in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Utah.