NEW YORK The Commerce Departments International Trade Administration (ITA) issued preliminary subsidy rates on non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) imports from China and Taiwan, but none on those from South Korea, it said March 19.
Chinese producers and exporters, including mandatory respondent Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., received a preliminary subsidy rate of 125.83 percent.
In the Taiwan investigation, a de minimis subsidy rate was calculated for mandatory respondent China Steel Corp. and cross-owned affiliates Himag Magnetic Corp. and China Steel Global Trading Corp. The other mandatory Taiwanese respondent, Leicong Industrial Co. Ltd., did not participate in the investigation and received an adverse facts available rate of 12.82 percent. All other producers and exports in Taiwan were assigned a preliminary subsidy rate of 6.41 percent.
A de minimis preliminary subsidy rate was also calculated for mandatory South Korean respondents Posco Ltd. and Daewoo International Corp., leading to a negative determination for South Korean producers and exporters.
West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel Corp. filed the countervailing trade complaint, as well as an anti-dumping trade petition, against NOES imports from six countries, in September (amm.com, Sept. 30). Commerces determination in the anti-dumping duty investigation is due May 15 (amm.com, March 12).
AK Steel is the sole domestic NOES producer. In 2013, imports of the product from China were valued at about $11.9 million, while those from South Korea and Taiwan were put at $4.1 million and $8.1 million, respectively, the ITA said.
Commerce also delivered its ruling on critical circumstances allegations by AK Steel against NOES imports from China and South Korea (amm.com, Feb. 26), finding an influx of imports from all Chinese companies since the filing but not from South Korea.
Therefore, we will instruct (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) to impose provisional measures retroactively on entries of subject NOES 90 days prior to the publication of this determination, the ITA said.