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China ordered to comply with WTO rulings

Keywords: Tags  WTO, grain-oriented electrical steel, imports, exports, ATI, AK Steel, anti-dumping, subsidies Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — China has until July 31 to implement World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings concerning the imposition of duties on U.S. shipments of grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel.

A WTO arbitrator said the end of July—eight months and 15 days from the adoption of reports from the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Panel and Appellate Body—represented a "reasonable period of time" for China to implement recommendations and rulings in the dispute over anti-dumping and countervailing duties on U.S. product, according to a report to WTO members.

Last October, the WTO’s Appellate Body issued its final report, largely backing the U.S. government in its challenge of Chinese subsidies that were imposed back in 2010.

The U.S. government had previously alleged that China incorrectly applied dumping margins of between 7.8 and 64.8 percent and subsidy margins of between 11.7 and 44.6 percent to U.S. products (, Sept. 15, 2010).

West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel Corp. and Pittsburgh-based ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corp.—the two largest U.S. manufacturers of electrical steel—stand to gain from the final decision, although it is uncertain if the companies will try to re-enter the Chinese market.

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