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U.S. Commerce Dept. Ends Investigation of Crane Imports at Manitowoc’s Request

Dec. 4, 2020 –Today, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce announced that as of Nov. 23, 2020, Secretary Ross terminated an investigation into whether imports of mobile cranes threaten to impair U.S. national security.

The investigation, done under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, was terminated following a Sept. 8, 2020, request from the applicant, The Manitowoc Company Inc., to withdraw its application and terminate the investigation.

Manitowoc’s request to terminate the investigation cited a changing economic environment due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After considering Manitowoc’s request for withdrawal, the secretary determined that it was appropriate to terminate the investigation.

The Department of Commerce will publish a Federal Register notice informing the public of the decision.


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