Washington, DC — Today, WPC Technologies (“WPC”)  filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, asserting that imports of strontium chromate from Austria and France are being sold in the United States at “dumped prices.” These unfair trade actions are alleged to have caused material injury to the U.S. strontium chromate industry.

The Petition alleges that improper and unfair pricing have enabled Austrian and French producers to export products into the United States at prices that are well below fair market value. The import data demonstrate that these tactics have enabled Austria and France to increase its volume of imports into the United States and to capture an ever-growing share of the U.S. strontium chromate market, taking sales directly from U.S. producers. The petitions filed today estimate dumping margins as high as 89%.

“The U.S. strontium chromate industry and its workers are suffering today as a result of dumped imports from Austria and France,” said Jeffrey S. Neeley, counsel to WPC  and a partner in the International Trade Practice at Husch Blackwell LLP. “We urge the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to investigate these unfair trade practices and apply the remedies specified by U.S. law.”

WPC is headquartered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and is the sole remaining U.S. manufacturer of strontium chromate, used for the paints and coatings industry, and has operated in Wisconsin since 1975.  Mr. Neeley stated that “We believe that the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission will take steps to preserve the U.S. strontium chromate industry by combating the unfair practices from Austria and France.”

For more information, please contact Jeffrey S. Neeley, Stephen Brophy, or Nithya Nagarajan.

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Photo of Jeffrey Neeley Jeffrey Neeley

Jeffrey has more than 25 years of experience representing private parties in international trade remedies disputes in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions. He guides clients in matters including antidumping investigations, countervailing duties, subsidies, intellectual property disputes as well as related customs, export…

Jeffrey has more than 25 years of experience representing private parties in international trade remedies disputes in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions. He guides clients in matters including antidumping investigations, countervailing duties, subsidies, intellectual property disputes as well as related customs, export control, and other import/export issues.

Photo of Nithya Nagarajan Nithya Nagarajan

Nithya’s extensive background in U.S. trade issues spans 25 years and includes various roles in a number of federal government agencies, including the Department of Commerce Department of Justice, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. She assists clients with administrative and regulatory…

Nithya’s extensive background in U.S. trade issues spans 25 years and includes various roles in a number of federal government agencies, including the Department of Commerce Department of Justice, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. She assists clients with administrative and regulatory actions before the Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and defends clients in appeals before the Court of International Trade, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, NAFTA panels and the World Trade Organization. In addition to her body of U.S. experience, Nithya is also well-versed in international trade issues in China and India.

Photo of Katherine Stubblefield Katherine Stubblefield

Katherine is an International Trade Analyst who supports clients in international trade relief and regulation matters, including antidumping investigations, countervailing duties, export controls, economic sanctions, international trade agreements and preference programs.