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U.S. International Trade Commission Provides Trade Relief on Rail Couplers from Mexico

WASHINGTON (October 24, 2023) - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney secured a key victory for domestic rail coupler manufacturers in their efforts to combat unfairly priced imports from Mexico. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced its affirmative decision that the domestic industry is materially injured by certain imports of freight rail couplers and parts thereof from Mexico. The ITC also affirmed in June that the domestic industry was injured by imports from China, a decision that stemmed from the same investigation filed by Buchanan in September 2022. 

“This investigation sought to level the playing field for the domestic industry and its workers, and we’re proud of this result,” said Daniel Pickard, lead counsel to the Freight Rail Coupler Coalition and chair of Buchanan’s International Trade and National Security practice. “It was a full team effort, and the entire practice group, lawyers and professionals alike, was dedicated to helping domestic industry protect its market share. This result is evidence of the team we have built here at Buchanan and their tenacity.”

With the ITC’s determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of rail couplers from Mexico. Prior to the ITC’s vote, Commerce announced duties of nearly 50%.

The Buchanan team included Milton Koch, Amanda Wetzel, Mert Arkan, David Sessions, and Claire Webster.