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Industry Support

  To initiate an investigation, the Department of Commerce must determine that a petition is filed by an interested party and has the support of the industry producing the domestic like product in the United States (“industry support”).

  The Department of Commerce will determine that the petition has sufficient industry support if it meets two criteria:

     1) “25% Test”

The domestic producers or workers who support the petition must account for at least 25% of the total production of the domestic like product

The ratio for the 25% test is derived by:


                (Total production volume of all petitioners and supporters)
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                                  (Total U.S. production volume)


     2) “50% Test”

The domestic producers or workers who support the petition must account for more than 50% of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for or opposition to the petition.

The ratio for the 50% test is derived by:


                (Total production volume of all petitioners and supporters)
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              (Total U.S. production volume of those expressing a position)


  The petition should identify all producers of the domestic like product along with their addresses

  In addition, the petition must include information relating to the degree of industry support for the petition, including:

     1) the total volume and value of U.S. production of the domestic like product,

       and

     2) the volume and value of U.S. production of the domestic like product produced by the petitioner(s) and each domestic producer identified.


  Typically, information should be provided for the most recently complete calendar year.


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