Turks spiking rebar to evade data, mills say

Aug 27, 2013 | 03:49 PM | Samuel Frizell

Tags  Alloy rebar, Turkey, imports, steel, trade, U.S. Customs, data, domestic mills Turkish Steel Producers Association

NEW YORK — Domestic rebar mills believe that Turkish rebar producers are manipulating the chemistry of rebar delivered to the United States in order to lower the volume of imports watched closely by U.S. producers and avoid a trade suit, but Turkish producers firmly deny the accusation.

"The Turks were trying to hide volumes in ways that would not necessarily jump out. It would appear they deliberately adjusted the chemistry to avoid the shipments being captured in SIMA (Steel Import Monitor Analysis) data," said an industry source close to the situation.

Through June of this year, 13,613 tonnes of Turkish alloy rebar entered the United States, according to U.S. Customs Bureau data. Though relatively modest, the shipments mark the first time Turkey has exported material to the United States classified as such. The material arrived in Houston in several bulk shipments in March, May and June in volumes of 4,895 tonnes, 5,541 tonnes, and 3,132 tonnes respectively. Two much smaller shipments of 104 tonnes and 46 tonnes arrived in New Orleans in March and New York in April. ....

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