SEDALIA, Mo. - Tool cabinet and tool storage maker Waterloo Industries filed an anti-dumping petition against China, according to published reports. In response, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it is initiating an antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of certain tool chests and cabinets from China and Vietnam and a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of certain tool chests and cabinets from China.

The products covered by these investigations are certain metal tool chests and tool cabinets, with drawers, from China and Vietnam. The scope covers all metal tool chests and cabinets, including top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets and side cabinets, storage units, mobile work benches, and work stations and that have the following physical characteristics:
(1) a body made of carbon, alloy, or stainless steel and/or other metals;
(2) two or more drawers for storage in each individual unit;
(3) a width (side to side) exceeding 15 inches for side cabinets and exceeding 21 inches for all other
individual units but not exceeding 60 inches;
(4) a drawer depth (front to back) exceeding 10 inches but not exceeding 24 inches; and
(5) prepackaged for retail sale.
 
In 2016, imports of tool chests and cabinets from China and Vietnam were valued at an estimated $989.9 million and $77 million, respectively. 
 
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or before May 26, 2017.
 
Waterloo, a former subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security (MasterBrand cabinets) and now a standalone company, manufactures tool chests and cabinets, portable chests and hand boxes, utility carts, project centers, bulk storage, work benches and accessories. 

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