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WASHINGTON (June 15, 2023) –Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney secured a key victory for domestic rail coupler manufacturers in their efforts to combat unfairly priced imports from China. The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) announced its affirmative decision that the domestic industry is materially injured by reason of certain imports of freight rail couplers and parts thereof from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the Government of China.

“Foreign countries and producers that do not abide by international trade rules must be held accountable. This decision has done just that, delivering much needed relief to the U.S. industry and its workers,” said Dan Pickard, International Trade and National Security practice group leader at Buchanan and lead counsel for the Freight Railcar Coupler Coalition. “It ensures that U.S. rail coupler manufacturers have an equal opportunity to compete with China.”

With the Commission’s determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of rail couplers from China. Prior to the Commission’s vote, Commerce announced duties of 405.48%. 

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