The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday initiated a national security investigation into the imports of titanium sponge, which is used in the production of military aircraft, space vehicles, satellites, naval vessels, missiles and munitions.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (pictured above) accepted the Section 232 petition filed on Sept. 27 by domestic producer Titanium Metals Corporation and launched an investigation into whether the quantity or circumstances of the imports threaten to impair national security, according to the department.
The Department of Defense supports the investigation.
“The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security will conduct a thorough, fair and transparent investigation before we make a recommendation to the president,” said Ross, who sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan informing him the investigation had been initiated.
In 2017, the Commerce Department launched an investigation into the alleged dumping of U.S. titanium sponge imports from Japan and Kazakhstan and whether the imports from Kazakhstan received unfair subsidiaries. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to end the probe because it found U.S. producers weren’t harmed.