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Commerce Keeps Duties on Pipe from Japan, Romania

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:47

The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided not to revoke existing antidumping duties on imports of carbon and alloy seamless standard, line and pressure pipe from Japan and Romania. To do so, said the ITC, would "likely lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time."



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SMU Conference Debate Over AD/CVD Continues

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 15:00

The manufacturing panel during the SMU Steel Summit Conference last week in Atlanta featured a lively exchange between Barry Zekelman (CEO, Zekelman Industries) and Dan Pearson (Cato Institute). Mr. Zekelman’s comments appeared in the Aug. 31, 2017, issue of Steel Market Update. Mr. Pearson, the former chairman of the International Trade Commission, read our article and wanted an opportunity to expand on his views of trade, specifically the value/lack of value regarding U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws:



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Steel Market Update (SMU) asked trade attorney Lewis Leibowitz to update us on the status of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) annual reviews. We were told that at the beginning of each month, the U.S. Department of Commerce publishes a notice of orders that are eligible for requests for administrative reviews. The notice for July was published on the 3rd and CORE (corrosion resistant) and Cold Rolled orders were on the list.

Here is a list of the flat rolled steel orders with the anniversary month being July:



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China strongly condemned new antidumping and countervailing duties imposed Friday by the European Union on imports of hot-rolled flat steel from China. The EC applied definitive AD/CVD duties of up to 35.9 percent.

Commerce ministry official Wang Hejun said in a statement on Friday, “The European Commission ignores the fact that China’s steel exports to Europe clearly declined in 2016, using China’s steel overcapacity as an excuse to claim that China’s hot-rolled flat steel products threaten to damage industry in the EU when that is mere speculation with little bearing on reality.



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Mexico is imposing antidumping duties on imports of flat coated steel from China and Taiwan, including flat carbon steel or steel alloy, corrosion resistant steel, and products with a metallic or non-metallic coating, reports the Mexico Ministry of Economic Affairs. The petition was originally filed by Ternium and Tenigal in December 2015 and concluded on June 5, 2017.



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The European Union and China failed to reach an agreement at the 19th EU-China Business Summit on the issues of trade investment, steel overcapacity, and the EU’s assertion of dumping from China.

China pressed its demand to be recognized as a market economy and to receive equal treatment in antidumping investigations before the World Trade Organization.



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The final antidumping margins for imports of CTL plate from eight countries were published in the Federal Register on May 25.

The US International Trade Commission, in their final determination, said that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of subject imports of CTL plate from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan that are sold in the United States at less than fair value, and that CTL plate imports are subsidized by the government of Korea. The countervailing subsidy rate for Korean company Posco is 4.31 percent.



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AD/CVD Anniversary Dates

Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:11

A number of our readers have requested details regarding the CORE (corrosion resistant which is galvanized, Galvalume, etc.), cold rolled and hot rolled trade suit status and when the one-year anniversary for each product are potential reviews are due. Steel Market Update (SMU) went to trade attorney Lewis Leibowitz for answers and he provided the following details:

For antidumping and countervailing duty cases, the key date is the publication of the AD or CVD orders for each product.  Here are dates for the three steel AD/CVD orders (hot-rolled, cold-rolled, corrosion-resistant):



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Commerce has issued an affirmative final determination in the antidumping investigation of imports of steel concrete reinforcing bar from Japan and Turkey. Commerce also found that the products in question were unfairly subsidized by the government of Turkey.

The product in this investigation is steel concrete reinforcing bar imported in either straight length or coil form (rebar) regardless of metallurgy, length, diameter, or grade or lack thereof.

China’s Ministry of Commerce called the initiation by the U.S. of antidumping investigations on imports of cold-drawn steel mechanical tubing from China and five other countries “excessive,” in comments made on Thursday.

Wang Hejun, head of the trade remedy and investigation bureau, said he was concerned over rising protectionism from the United States.

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