WPC Technologies Applauds Final Determination in Antidumping Investigation of Imports of Strontium Chromate from France and Austria

By Brad Rateike

(Oak Creek, WI) – WPC Technologies, today applauded the final and unanimous vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce’s determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of strontium chromate from France and Austria. Commerce determined that strontium chromate from France and Austria is being sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV) and assigned a dumping rate of 32.16 percent on strontium chromate to all French producers and exporters and a rate of 25.9 percent on strontium chromate to all Austrian producers and exporters. Commerce has instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require cash deposits from importers of strontium chromate from France and Austria based on those respective rates, effective October 8, 2019.

“From the beginning, this has always been about fairness,” said Brent St.John, chairman of WPC Technologies. “We have seen clear evidence of unfair trade practices and appreciate that there is a process in place with the Department of Commerce and the ITC to prevent U.S. companies from continued injury because other companies choose not to play by the rules. Above all else, fair trade practices by all, has always been the goal. This outcome shows that the process can work. We thank the team at Commerce for their diligence and attention to detail.”

“We are pleased that that after verifying the information and considering the record, the Commerce Department recognized the significant level of dumping by both the French and Austria producers,” said Jeff Neeley, partner at Husch Blackwell representing WPC Technologies. “We look forward to working with Commerce in the coming years to ensure that fair trade practices are enforced and appreciate their partnership in that effort.”

The original petition, filed by WPC Technologies on September 5, 2018 under section 731 of the Tariff Act of 1930, requested immediate relief from imports sold by companies in the United States by companies in Austria and France at less than fair value, an action considered to be an unfair trade practice under U.S. law and under the World Trade Organization standards.

WPC Technologies is the leading American-owned manufacturer and developer of corrosion-inhibiting pigments and stain inhibitors, including strontium chromate. Since 1975, WPC (formerly Wayne Pigments) has provided the world’s paint and coatings industry with quality products for customers across the globe.

Link to decision memorandum on France:
https://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/summary/france/2019-21807-1.pdf

Link to decision memorandum on Austria:
https://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/summary/austria/2019-21808-1.pdf

Link to additional information on U.S. anti-dumping policy:
https://www.usitc.gov/trade_remedy.htm