Turkish mills blast US execs-Commerce meet

Aug 26, 2014 | 07:52 PM | Nat Rudarakanchana

Tags  steel, rebar, Turkish rebar, Commerce Department, David Simon, Matthew Nolan, Nat Rudarakanchana

NEW YORK — The meeting between top reinforcing bar executives and U.S. Commerce Department officials in July is "troubling," Turkish rebar mills said in objecting to the event.

The meeting allowed the U.S. rebar industry and its legal counsel to present off-the-record arguments after the close of the official record, and just days before key trade investigation events, such as oral arguments and hearings, attorneys for the Turkish steelmakers said in an Aug. 25 letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker.

The meeting was "an attempt to unfairly pressure the department outside the confines of the normal administrative process and to make arguments without respondents being present to hear or comment," attorneys said on behalf of major Turkish rebar mills, including Içdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım Sanayi AS and Habas Sinai ve Tibbi Gazlar Istihsal Endustrisi AS. Those mills and two other Turkish companies are involved in a U.S. trade case involving Turkish and Mexican rebar.....





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