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Commerce rules four countries are unfairly trading tin mill products

Written by Laura Miller


On the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 5, the US Department of Commerce issued its final determination in the trade case involving tin mill products from a handful of countries.

The trade case was brought by Cleveland-Cliffs and the United Steelworkers (USW) union last January. Under investigation is the alleged dumping of tin mill products by Canada, China, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, as well as the subsidization of the imports from China.

In its final ruling, Commerce determined the following dumping rates:

CountryDumping rate
Canada5.27%
China122.52% (deposit rate set at 111.98%)
Germany6.88%
South Korea0-2.69%
Netherlands0%
Taiwan0%
Turkey0%
United Kingdom0%

In the CVD portion of the case investigating imports from China, Commerce set the following subsidy rates:

CompanySubsidy rate
Baoshan Iron & Steel649.98%
Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co. and related companies331.88%
China-wide entity331.88%

The US International Trade Commission (ITC), the agency responsible for the injury determinations in trade cases, held a final hearing in this trade case on Thursday, Jan. 4. It will make its final injury ruling next month.

Since Commerce determined that the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey, and the UK did not dump tin mill steel into the US market, the ITC will not make injury determinations for those countries and imports from there will not face any duties.

Cliffs’ response

Cleveland-Cliffs applauded Commerce’s decision regarding Canada, Germany, South Korea, and China.

“Together with the existing Section 232 tariffs and quotas, these dumping calculations will provide a check against unfairly traded products from all the major sources of tin mill imports,” Cliffs said in a statement.

“With the heightened levels of both geopolitical uncertainty and supply chain disruptions in the world, we continue to expect disturbances in international trade. Today’s outcome should put importers on notice that the United States will not tolerate unfair trade that harms employers, workers and communities,” Cliffs’ chairman, president, and CEO Lourenco Goncalves added.

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