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Court Finds Commerce in Error on Uttam Galva AD Duties

Written by Sandy Williams

Uttam Galva and its North American subsidy won an initial ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade in an appeal of antidumping duties placed on its imports of corrosion resistant steel to the United States.

In June 2015, an antidumping investigation on imports of corrosion resistant steel products from multiple countries, including India, was filed on behalf of a group of domestic U.S steel producers. The U.S. Department of Commerce calculated a final dumping margin of 3.05 percent for Uttam Galva. The order went into effect on July 25, 2016, following an affirmative final material injury determination from the International Trade Commission.

Uttam Galva appealed the Department of Commerce’s ruling on Sept. 22, 2016, arguing that the rate should have been zero and that there should be no antidumping order at all against the company.

The recent court ruling found that Commerce’s calculations for Uttam Galva’s duty drawback adjustment was “unreasonable and not in accordance with the law.” The Department of Commerce was ordered to recalculate the drawback in accordance with the Court’s opinion. The ruling will likely result in a favorable outcome for Uttam Galva.

In a press release, Uttam Galva North America stated, “UGNA is cautiously optimistic that it is just a few months away from being free from the antidumping duty order on its imports from Uttam Galva.”

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