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New India, Turkey Quartz Tariffs Take Shape

WASHINGTON – Unfair-trade tariffs on quartz surfaces from India and Turkey will be much lower than similar duties on Chinese products.


The U.S. Commerce Department announced Dec. 5 that preliminary anti-dumping tariffs on the two countries will be in the single digits -- 5.05% or less for India, and 4.88% for Turkey,


Combined with previously announced subsidy-based duties, the total tariffs for almost all Indian slabs will be 83.79%, and 8.67% for Turkish quartz surfaces.


Final recommendations from Commerce will be early next year, and the U.S. International Trade Commission will make the final decisions on tariff in the spring.

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New Quartz Plants Set
for California, Georgia

Two companies announced new U.S. slab factories in November.


American Quartz Group held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Nov. 15 for its facility in Barstow, Calif., 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The new company didn’t set a date for initial operations.


Brazil-based Guidoni Group, meanwhile, announced it will invest $96 million to install a slab-manufacturing plant across the country in McRae-Helena, Ga.


The facility – the third for Guidoni worldwide – will take over a recently vacated lawnmower factory and provide more than 450 jobs in the small south-central Georgia community 150 miles southeast of Atlanta.