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China CTL Circumvention Inquiry Rescinded by Commerce

Written by John Packard

Commerce issued an order on Wednesday to rescind the circumvention inquiry on imported Chinese cut-to-length steel plate containing alloying elements that was initiated on February 10, 2016.  The inquiry is to be rescinded as of April 12, 2017.

With antidumping and countervailing duties just issued in March 2017 on CTL from China, this notice from the International Trade Commission was confusing.  Steel Market Update looked to trade attorney Lewis Leibowitz for clarification.

Leibowitz told us, “The scope of the new Chinese orders includes “alloy” steel (steel with certain alloying elements above stated percentages).  Because the circumvention inquiry dealt with alloying elements, it became moot because imports are now subject to antidumping and CVD orders.”

Leibowitz said other circumvention cases could also become moot over the next several months as well.  He cited the Vietnam circumvention case as an example.

“The Vietnam circumvention case, for example, has languished without any progress for several months now,” said Leibowitz. “If AD/CVD petitions are filed on cold rolled and corrosion resistant steel from Vietnam, the circumvention inquiry would become moot once Vietnamese products were subject to duties on their own.”  

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