NEW YORK Domestic and
foreign clad steel plate makers are preparing to go head to
head over Japanese exports during an anti-dumping duty order
hearing Thursday in Washington.
The five-year sunset review of
imports of clad steel plate from Japan will be the third review
at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) since duties
of 118.53 percent were imposed on the Asian nations
producers some 16 years ago (
amm.com, Feb. 20, 2007).
ArcelorMittal USA LLC and Dynamic Materials Corp. have argued
that revocation of the duty order likely will lead to material
injury to the domestic industry in light of Japans
overcapacity issues. Clad steel plate overcapacity in Japan
reached nearly 66,000 tons in 2011, more than double the 30,000
tons in 2006, they said.
"This huge increase in excess
capacity was largely a function of declining global demand over
the period of review. Given that both the U.S. and Japanese
industries are experiencing these trends and both are
significant exporters participating in other markets around the
world, their experience is very likely representative of the
experience of the world market," the petitioners said in
The Japanese industry also has
the ability to shift shipments from the home market to
third-country markets, as demand for clad plate has declined in
Japan, the petitioners said, noting that Japanese steelmakers
have U.S. sales offices from which they can sell clad plate if
the duty order is revoked.
However, Japanese producers JFE
Steel Corp., Japan Steel Works Ltd. (JSW) and Nippon Steel
& Sumikin Stainless Steel Corp. said the clad plate market
has changed considerably since duties were implemented in
"The forces that have led to the
Asian concentration of Japans clad steel plate shipments
are entirely independent of the anti-dumping duty order and
will not change if the order were revoked," the Japanese
producers said in pre-hearing briefs.
They said that Japanese
steelmakers, as well as other foreign producers, are focusing
their clad plate exports on Asia, so revocation of the order
would not affect the U.S. market.
They noted that in 2011 the
United States shipped 66 percent of its total steel clad
exports to Asia; European markets exported 75 percent of their
production to Asia; and Japan shipped all of its steel clad
product exports to Asia. "The Asia market is expected to
continue to expand further," they said.