The U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously determined there is “reasonable indication” that a U.S. industry is harmed by imports of silica bricks and shapes from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.
As a result of the ITC's affirmative determination, the Commerce Department will continue its investigation on imports of this product, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due by April 24.
The ITC's public report Silica Bricks and Shapes from China
(Investigation No. 731- TA-1205 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4369, January 2013) will contain the views of the commission and information developed during the investigation. Copies of the report are expected to be available after Jan. 22.
Silica bricks and shapes are used for refractory purposes, primarily in coke ovens and glass furnaces.
The petitioner for the ITC investigation is Utah Refractories Corp., based in Lehi, Utah.