NEW YORK Three companies
are contesting determinations by the Commerce Departments
International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S.
International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning anti-dumping
and countervailing duties on steel-related products, according
to documents filed at the U.S. Court of International
Seoul, South Korea-based LG
Electronics Inc. and its U.S. subsidiary, LG Electronics USA
Inc., have challenged the final determination by the ITA
concerning bottom-mount refrigerator-freezer imports from South
The ITC ruled in April that
imports of the product were not hurting the U.S. industry, even
after the ITA had earlier issued dumping margins of up to 15.41
percent and subsidy margins ranging from 0.3 percent to 12.9
percent in its final determination. The duties determined by
the ITA would only be imposed if the ITCs negative ruling
were to be overturned.
Petitioner Whirlpool Corp. of
Benton Harbor, Mich., on Thursday appealed the negative
determination by the ITC, contending that the imports were, in
fact, harming the domestic industry. It also appealed the
positive determination by the ITA, contending the duties should
have been higher, counsel for Whirlpool told AMM.
LGs counsel could not be
reached for comment.
In a separate steel-related
case, Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based producer and exporter
Precision Fasteners LLC has challenged an ITA decision from
April that imports of certain steel nails from the United Arab
Emirates were sold at less than fair value. The ITA issued
dumping margins of up to nearly 185 percent (AMM,
April 20). The petitioner was Mid Continental Nail Corp. of
Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Precisions counsel could not be reached for