Mexicos Secretariat of Economy is investigating an
alleged evasion of anti-dumping duties on imports of rolled
steel plates from Russia.
The investigation was
opened following a request by Ternium Mexico SA de CV,
according to a resolution published July 5 in Mexicos
official gazette, and targets material from 4.75- to
The case is very
similar to an investigation opened at the end of May, involving
boron-containing plate from Russia and Ukraine, although that
covered plate up to 115-mm thick (
amm.com, May 15).
In November 2012,
Mexico extended for another five years its countervailing duty
of 29.3 percent on such plate imports from Russia.
"Due to its high
degree of interchangeability, and because rolled steel plate
(without boron) and boron-containing rolled plates are
"commodity" products, the price is the main commercial
motivator for their purchase, which reveals the intention of
the importers to evade payment of the anti-dumping duty,"
"The Secretariat (of
Economy) determined that there is sufficient evidence to
presume that (companies) are making imports of boron-containing
rolled plates from Russia, with minor differences (compared
with) rolled steel plate subject to the anti-dumping duty, in
order to avoid the payment of the duty," according to the
Between January and
December of 2012, about 69 percent of boron-containing rolled
steel plate consumed in Mexico was imported by local service
centers and distribution companies, which offered the product
to manufacturers and end-users at lower prices compared with
domestic rolled steel plate, Ternium added.
investigate the imports and their possible damage to the
Mexican industry during 2012.
The resolution also
mentions exporters who "might be interested" in taking part in
the investigation, including OAO Severstal, Magnitogorsk Iron
& Steel Works (MMK) and Novolipetsk Steel.
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel