In November 2020, Schagrin Associates obtained an affirmative preliminary determination from the U.S. Department of Commerce ("Commerce") in the first ever investigation of currency manipulation as a countervailable subsidy. Earlier in 2020, Commerce announced new rules to allow currency undervaluation to be considered an illegal subsidy. In May 2020, Schagrin Associates brought a countervailing duty petition regarding imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from Vietnam on behalf of the United Steelworkers.
In September 2020, Schagrin Associates obtained a ruling from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ("CBP") that a Thai steel pipe producer has evaded antidumping duties. Schagrin Associates brought the complaint on behalf of Wheatland Tube, a domestic steel pipe producer. With this ruling, CBP is enforcing the antidumping measures won for Wheatland Tube by Schagrin Associates in a previous antidumping investigation.
In May 2020, Schagrin Associates received a unanimous vote from the U.S. International Trade Commission that a domestic industry is injured by unfairly traded quartz surface products ("QSP") from India and Turkey. As a result of this vote, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of QSP from India and Turkey. These investigations followed the previous year's successful actions against unfairly traded QSP from China.
In July 2019, Schagrin Associates obtained a favorable decision from U.S. Customs and Border Protection for its client Steel of West Virginia. The decision revoked a prior ruling that exempted certain imported steel products from Section 232 duties. This effectively closed a loophole importers exploited to avoid payment of the duties, which were implemented to protect U.S. producers of steel products.
In June 2019, Schagrin Associates obtained a unanimous affirmative vote from the U.S. International Trade Commission in the preliminary injury phase of the antidumping investigation of dried tart cherries from Turkey. Schagrin Associates brought the case on behalf of the Dried Tart Cherry Committee, a coalition of Michigan cherry producers who have been negatively impacted by unfair imports.
In June 2019, in a case involving approximately $460 million in annual imports, Schagrin Associates obtained relief in the form of antidumping duties ranging from 265.81 to 336.69 percent and countervailing duties ranging from 45.32 to 190.99 percent on imports of quartz surface products from China. Schagrin Associates filed the case on behalf of Cambria, a family-owned producer of natural stone surfaces located in Le Sueur, Minnesota.
In October 2018, Schagrin Associates succeeded in dramatically increasing dumping margins for exporters of standard pipe from Thailand from 0.69 percent to margins ranging from 28.00 to 30.98 percent through an administrative review at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Schagrin Associates was able to achieve this result using a novel mechanism alleging that a “particular market situation” in Thailand distorted domestic prices for inputs and that the Department should adjust the prices accordingly.
In August 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously to impose antidumping duties of 116.17 percent on forged steel fittings from Taiwan. This was followed in October 2018 by the Department of Commerce announcing final antidumping duty margins ranging from 49.43 to 80.20 percent on imports of forged steel fittings from Italy, and combined antidumping and countervailing duties ranging between 21.41 and 156.13 percent on imports from China. Schagrin Associates filed the petitions on behalf of Bonney Forge Corporation of Pennsylvania. The annual value of imports from the target countries exceeded $100 million in the year before the petition was filed.
Schagrin Associates obtained a unanimous vote in August 2018 that unfairly traded imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings injured the domestic industry, leading to the imposition of final combined antidumping and countervailing duties ranging from 2.11 to 350.30 percent and countervailing duties ranging from 29.25 to 494.27 percent. Schagrin Associates filed the petitions on behalf of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute. In the year before the petitions were filed imports of cast iron soil pipe from China were valued at approximately $8 million.
In addition to the above recent successes, Schagrin Associates has a track record of winning some of the largest and most complicated antidumping and countervailing duty cases, including a case against $1.8 billion of hot-rolled steel flat products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom , a case against $900 million of cold-rolled steel flat products from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom, a case against $2.1 billion of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea, and Taiwan, and a case against $650 million of cut-to-length steel plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey.