Rebar producers seek to keep imports at bay

Apr 23, 2013 | 04:15 PM | Samuel Frizell

Tags  rebar, ITC, sunset review, China, imports, domestic producers, Nucor Corp., Gerdau Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Domestic producers of concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) will seek to hold imports at bay during the International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) April 25 review of import duties against China, Indonesia and five Eastern European countries.

The ITC will conduct its second five-year sunset review to determine whether duties on imports of rebar from China, Indonesia, Poland, Moldova, Ukraine, Latvia and Belarus—which have been in place since 2001—should remain in place, be amended or revoked altogether.

The duties are a strong-enough deterrent that the only two major exporters of rebar to the United States are currently Turkey and Mexico, but domestic producers fear a flood of imported rebar should any of the duties be lifted. ....

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