Probe to Continue on Cambria Petition Contesting Quartz Imports
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. trade officials have determined that imports of quartz surface products from India and Turkey have caused material injury to domestic quartz suppliers, triggering the continuation of an investigation to determine whether the imports should be subject to antidumping and countervailing duties.
A preliminary determination of injury was announced last month by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in response to petitions filed in May by Cambria, the Le Sueur, MN-based producer of natural quartz surfaces. Cambria’s petitions allege that low-priced imports of slabs and fabricated quartz surface products from India and Turkey are being unfairly dumped in the U.S., and that Indian and Turkish producers receive unfair subsidies from their governments. These actions, according to Cambria, violate international trade rules and have caused material injury to the U.S. quartz surface products industry.
“Sourcing and re-selling unfairly traded quartz surface products is not a long-term strategy for success,” said Rebecca Shult, executive v.p. and general counsel at Cambria. “Rather than switching from Chinese imports to other dumped and subsidized quartz surface products, fabricators should purchase domestic product, especially as foreign producers have the potential to ship large volumes of pre-fabricated products into our country at extremely low prices.”
“Cambria remains committed to standing up for American workers, American businesses and American manufacturing,” she added.
Cambria’s unfair-trade petitions – like similar petitions involving imports of cabinets, vanities, ceramic tile and other kitchen/bath products – are being considered by both the ITC and the U.S. Commerce Dept. as part of a lengthy, multi-faceted decision-making process that could take up to a full year to complete (see related stories).
The Commerce Dept. has already initiated antidumping and countervailing duties investigations of imports of quartz surface products from India and Turkey. The agency is expected to issue its preliminary countervailing determinations in October and its preliminary antidumping determinations in December.