ITC recommends quotas for Chinese ductile iron waterworks fittings
The six commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously recommended that the Bush administration take action against ductile iron waterworks fitting imports from China.
The commissioners determined in their investigation that increased volumes of this commodity has unfairly injured domestic producers.
Four of the commissioners, including ITC Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, recommended the president impose a tariff-rate quota of 50 percent for a three-year period. Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman proposed that the president impose a quota for three years, while Commissioner Marcia E. Miller recommended a three-year tariff increase for these imports.
The ITC will submit its report to the president and the U.S. Trade Representative by Dec. 24. “The president, not the commission, will make the final decision whether to provide relief to the U.S. industry and the type and amount of relief,” the ITC said.