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
Julyeight months and 15 days from the adoption of reports
from the WTOs Dispute Settlement Panel and Appellate
Bodyrepresented 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 WTOs
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 (
amm.com, 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
steelstand to gain from the final decision, although it
is uncertain if the companies will try to re-enter the Chinese