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Three companies contest ITA, ITC rulings

Keywords: Tags  ITA, ITC, CIT, Precision Fasteners, LG Electronics, Whirlpool, United Arab Emirates, South Korea steel nails

NEW YORK — Three companies are contesting determinations by the Commerce Department’s 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 Trade.

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 Korea.

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 ITC’s 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.

LG’s 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.

Precision’s counsel could not be reached for comment.

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