MEXICO CITY The
Mexican government has opened an anti-dumping investigation
into imports of alloyed and non-alloyed plates in sheet from
The investigation was
requested by Altos Hornos de México SA de CV (Ahmsa),
Mexicos biggest integrated steelmaker, according to a
resolution published in Mexicos official gazette July
The probe covers plate
more than 4.5 millimeters thick, in widths greater than 600 mm
and length up to 12.19 mm.
Imports have been
entering the Mexican market at unfair prices, Ahmsa alleges,
estimating that even with existing import duties of 3 percent,
prices for the imported products trailed those charged by
Mexican producers by about 12 percent in 2012, 17 percent in
2011 and 23 percent in 2010.
investigate imports between January and December of 2012, a
period in which imports of plate from China increased 194
percent, according to the resolution.
Authorities will also
examine imports between January 2010 and December 2012.
"Ahmsa has scheduled
to start in 2013 the operation of a new plate mill, which will
increase its production capacity, which can be compromised by
imports through price discrimination," the resolution
Ahmsa last week
commissioned its $1.5-billion Fénix expansion project,
which comprises a 1.46-million-tonne-per-year blast furnace, a
1.2 million-tonne-per-year electric-arc furnace, a
1.2-million-tonne-per-year slab caster and a
1-million-tonne-per-year plate mill.
The Unit of Foreign
Trade Practices will hold a public hearing March 28, 2014, the
Mexican Secretariat of Economy said.
Exporters who "might
be interested" in taking part in the investigation include
Angang Group lnternational Trade Corp., Anshan Iron & Steel
Group Corp., Hunan Valin Xiangtan lron & Steel Co. Ltd.,
the resolution said.
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel