He said, she said as rod case commences

Dec 02, 2005 | 07:59 AM | Maria Guzzo

An anti-dumping case against imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from China, Germany and Turkey has started to move forward.

The U.S. Commerce Department formally initiated an anti-dumping duty investigation Dec. 1 and the International Trade Commission (ITC) conducted a staff conference during which it heard testimony from steelmakers and users.

The ITC is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or around Dec. 27. If the ITC finds indications that imports from the three countries are injuring or threatening the domestic industry, the investigation will continue and the Commerce Department will make preliminary anti-dumping duty determinations in April 2006 and its final determinations in July. The ITC is scheduled to make its final determinations the following month.

Five petitioners-Connecticut Steel Corp., Wallingford, Conn.; Gerdau Ameristeel Corp., Tampa, Fla.; Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc., Dallas; Mittal Steel USA-Georgetown, Georgetown, S.C.; and Rocky Mountain Steel Mills, Pueblo, Colo.-allege that high levels of unfairly traded imports from China, Germany and Turkey have flooded the U.S. market and deflated prices, thus causing material injury (AMM, Nov. 14).....

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