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Petition Summary: Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea


On April 27, 2023, American Brass Rod Fair Trade Coalition (“Coalition”), Mueller Brass Co. (“Mueller”) and Wieland Chase LLC (“Wieland”) (collectively, “Petitioners”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of brass rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea, as well as the imposition of countervailing duties on imports of brass rod from India, Israel, and South Korea.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The following language describes the imported merchandise that Petitioner intends to be included in the scope of these investigations:

The products covered by these petitions are brass rod, which is defined as leaded, low-lead and no-lead solid brass made from alloys such as, but not limited to: Alloys C36000, C37700, C3700, C36300, C27450, C69300, C35300, C34500, C67600, C35330, C48500, and C67300, and their international equivalents. The brass rod subject to these orders has a cross-section greater than one quarter of one inch (0.25 inches) outside diameter but less than or equal to 12 inches outside diameter. Brass rod cross-sections may be round, hexagonal, square, or octagonal shapes as well as special profiles (e.g., angles, shapes). Standard leaded brass rod covered by the scope contains, by weight, 57.0 – 65.0 percent copper; 1.5 – 3.0 percent lead; no more than 0.35 percent iron; and at least 15 percent zinc. No-lead or low-lead brass rod covered by the scope contains by weight 59.0- 76.0 percent copper; 0 – 1.5 percent lead; no more than 0.35 percent iron; and at least 15 percent zinc. Brass rod may also include other elements. Brass rod is covered by these petitions whether it is finished or unfinished. Brass rod may be produced in accordance with ASTM Bl 6, ASTM B124, ASTM B981, ASTM B371, ASTM B453, ASTM B21, ASTM B138, and ASTM B927, but such conformity to an ASTM standard is not required for the merchandise to be included within the scope. Brass rod is produced by melting and casting into billets or strand casting into rod. Brass rod may or may not be heated, extruded, pickled, or cold-drawn.

The merchandise covered by these petitions is currently classifiable under subheading 7407 .21.9000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Products subject to the scope may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 7403.21.0000, 7407.21.1500, 7407.21.3000, 7407.21.5000, and 7407.21.7000. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written description of the scope of the petitions is dispositive.

PETITIONERS

Mueller Brass Co.

Chris Mitchell

President Brass and Aluminum

Mueller Industries, Inc.

125 Runnels St.

Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: 810.987.7770

Fax: 810.987.9108

Email: cmitchell@muellerindustries.com

Wieland Chase LLC

Tom Christie

Vice President, Commercial

Wieland Chase

14212 Selwyn Drive

Montpelier, OH 43543

Phone: 419.340.8874

Fax: 419.485.5945

Email: tom.christie@wieland.com

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS

Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP

900 19th Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington, Dc 20006

(202) 567-2300

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign producers/exporters alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

The named importers are confidential.

ESTIMATED SCHEDULE

Event Earliest Date
Petition Filed April 27, 2023
DOC Initiation May 17, 2023
ITC Preliminary Investigation:
Questionnaires Due May 11, 2023
Request to appear at hearing May 16, 2023
Hearing May 18, 2023
Briefs May 23, 2023
ITC Vote June 11, 2023
   
DOC Investigation Schedule:  
DOC Preliminary Antidumping Determination October 4, 2023
DOC Final Antidumping Determination December 18, 2023
DOC Preliminary Countervailing Determination July 21, 2023
DOC Final Countervailing Determination October 4, 2023
   
ITC Final Investigation:  
ITC Final AD Determination February 1, 2024
ITC Final CVD Determination November 18, 2023

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

For imports of subject merchandise data please see Attachment II.

CONTACT US For more information concerning this petition and how it may affect your business, please contact Jeffrey Neeley, Nithya Nagarajan, or Stephen Brophy.



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