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Canada, China, Mexico Accused of Dumping Fabricated Structural Steel

Written by Sandy Williams

A petition filed with the U.S. Commerce Department on Feb. 4 alleges that fabricated structural steel from Canada, China and Mexico is being dumped on the U.S. market and is benefitting from countervailing subsidies.

Products covered by the petition include carbon and alloy (including stainless) steel products such as angles, columns, beams, girders, plates, flange shapes, channels, hollow structural section shapes, base plates, plate-work components, and other steel products that have been fabricated for assembly or installation into a structure. Excluded from the petition are steel concrete reinforcing bar under certain condition, fabricated structural steel used for bridges and bridge sections, pre-engineered metal building systems, and steel roof and floor decking systems designed and manufactured to Steel Deck Institute standards.

The alleged dumping margins are 31.46 percent for Canada, 218.85 percent for China and 41.39 percent for Mexico.

The petition was filed on behalf of the American Institute of Steel Construction, LLC.

The Commerce Department will initiate a preliminary investigation to determine whether dumping or subsidizing exists and, if so, the margin of dumping or amount of the subsidy. The U.S. International Trade Commission will determine if the imports in question pose material injury or threat of material injury to the domestic industry. The preliminary phase of the antidumping/countervailing duty investigation must be completed within 45 days of receipt of the petition.

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