The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has launched a formal investigation into the unfairly traded imports of wind towers from China and Vietnam.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after a complaint was filed by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (WTTC) seeking investigation into the matter.
The DOC announced an anti-dumping margin for China of 213.54% and an antidumping margin for Vietnam of between 140.54% and 143.29%. Furthermore, the department has decided to investigate subsidy programs used by all levels of the Chinese government to support its wind turbine industry.
Additionally, WTTC participated in a hearing at the International Trade Commission for the investigation into whether there is a reasonable indication of material injury or threat of material injury to the U.S. industry by reason of imports from China and Vietnam. No Chinese or Vietnamese producers attended the hearing to testify on their behalf. Siemens Energy Inc. testified at the hearing in defense of their purchases of dumped and subsidized merchandise.
The International Trade Commission's vote is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10, a spokesperson for Wiley Rein LLP, the law firm representing the WTTC, told NAW.