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cargo ship containersOn June 19, 2018, the Coalition for Fair Rack Imports filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Steel Racks from the People’s Republic of China.


The merchandise covered by this investigation is steel racks and parts thereof, assembled or unassembled. Steel racks are racks made of steel of dimensions and configurations that can be adjusted as required, with or without locking tabs or slots, and with or without bolted, clamped, or welded connections, including any of the following: uprights, posts, columns, braces, frames, beams, arms, locking devices, and rails.

A steel rack is a structure typically made from cold-formed or hot-rolled steel structural members and includes, but is not limited to, components such as plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, and tubes. Welding, bolting, and clipping are the typical methods of assembly. Connections may also be made with locking devices such as clips, end plates, and beam connectors. Steel racks may be made to ANSI MH16.1 or ANSI MH16.3 standards. All steel racks and parts thereof meeting the physical description set out herein are covered by the scope of this investigation, whether or not produced according to a particular standard.

The vertical components of steel racks may be referred to as uprights, posts, or columns, and may be connected with horizontal or diagonal braces to form upright frames. A typical storage configuration comprises upright frames perpendicular to the aisles that are independently adjustable, with positive-locking beams parallel to the aisle and spanning between the upright frames, and braces designed to support unit loads between the beams. A cantilever rack consists of uprights running parallel to the aisle and cantilever beams or arms connected to the uprights and running perpendicular to the aisle rather than spanning two upright frames.

The scope includes all steel racks and parts thereof meeting the description above, regardless of: (1) dimensions, weight, strength, gauge, or load rating; (2) vertical upright or frame type (including structural, roll-form, or other); (3) horizontal support or beam/brace type (including but not limited to structural, roll-form, slotted, unslotted, Z-beam, C-beam, L-beam, step beam, cantilever beam, and cargo rack); (4) number of supports; (5) number of levels; (6) surface coating, if any (including but not limited to paint, epoxy, powder coating, zinc, or other metallic coatings); (7) shape (including but not limited to rectangular, square, corner, and cantilever); (8) the method by which the vertical and horizontal supports connect (including but not limited to locking tabs or slots, bolting, clamping, and welding); and (9) the inclusion or not of moving components (including but not limited to rails, wheels, rollers, tracks, channels, carts, and conveyors).

Steel racks may be referred to as pallet racks, storage racks, stacker racks, retail racks, pick modules, selective racks, or cantilever racks. Steel racks that incorporate moving components may also be referred to as pallet-flow racks, carton-flow racks, push-back racks, movable-shelf racks, drive-in racks, and drive-through racks.

Subject merchandise includes material matching the above description that has been finished, assembled, or packaged in a third country, including by coating, painting, assembling, attaching to, or packaging with another product, or any other finishing, assembly, or packaging operation that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the steel racks and parts thereof.

Steel racks and parts thereof are also included in the scope of this investigation whether or not imported attached to, or in conjunction with, other parts and accessories such as wire decking, nuts, and bolts. If steel racks and parts thereof are imported attached to, or in conjunction with, such non-subject merchandise, only the steel racks and parts thereof are included in the scope.

Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are any products covered by Commerce’s existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on boltless steel shelving units prepackaged for sale from the People’s Republic of China. See Boltless Steel Shelving Units Prepackaged for Sale From the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order, 80 Fed. Reg. 63,741 (October 21, 2017); Boltless Steel Shelving Units Prepackaged for Sale From the People’s Republic of China: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 80 Fed. Reg. 63,745 (October 21, 2017).

Merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under the following subheadings: 7326.90.8688 and 9403.20.0080. Subject merchandise may also enter under subheadings 7308.90.3000, 7308.90.6000, 7308.90.9590, and 9403.20.0090. The HTSUS subheadings set forth above are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is dispositive.


Coalition for Fair Rack Imports
Bulldog Rack Company
200 Fort Steuben Road
Weirton, WV 26062

Hannibal Industries, Inc.
3851 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90058

Husky Rack and Wire
6146 Denver Industrial Park Road
Denver, NC 28037

Ridg-U-Rak, Inc.
120 South Lake Street
North East, PA 16428-1232

SpaceRAK, a Division of Heartland Steel Products, Inc.
302 Carleton Street
Marysville, MI 48040

Speedrack Products Group, Ltd.
7903 Venture Avenue
Sparta, Michigan 49345

Steel King Industries, Inc.
2700 Chamber St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Tri-Boro Shelving & Partition Corp.
300 Dominion Drive
Farmville, VA 23901

UNARCO Material Handling, Inc.
701 E 16th Avenue
Springfield, TN 37172


Roger B. Schagrin
Schagrin Associates
900 Seventh Street, N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001


China: 131.1%-145.7%


Countervailing Duty Petition issued against China. Amounts of additional duties unspecified.


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


For a list of importers alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment II.


  2015 2016 2017 Q1 2017 Q1 2018
Quantity (lbs) 677,711,685 706,692,996 815,597,209 181,353,196 218,540,557
Value (USD) 1,140,115,347 1,108,045,879 1,310,216,339 287,884,496 358,592,867


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