NEW YORK China
has lowered some duties on imports of grain-oriented electrical
steel from the United States following a World Trade
Organization (WTO) ruling, but the U.S. industry claims the
move is not enough to level the playing field.
Since losing at the
WTO last year, China re-investigated the anti-dumping and
countervailing duties it issued to U.S. steel companies,
particularly West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel Corp. and ATI
Allegheny Ludlum Corp., Pittsburgh, Chinas Ministry of
Commerce said in a July 31 ruling on its website.
AK Steel said the new
determination fails to comply with the WTOs rulings and
recommendations. "We are disappointed that the government of
China has chosen to disregard its WTO obligations, and we will
continue to urge the U.S. government to seek further rulings
that China has not complied with the DSB (dispute settlement
body) recommendations and rulings," AK Steel chairman,
president and chief executive officer James L. Wainscott said
in a statement.
Under the new
determination, dumping margins remained unchanged for AK Steel
at 7.8 percent and ATI at 19.9 percent, while the rate for all
other U.S. companies was lowered to 13.8 percent from 44.6
percent. Subsidy margins were reduced to 3.4 percent from 11.7
percent for AK Steel, 12 percent for ATI and 64.8 percent for
all other U.S. companies.
A.K. Steel said it
would ask the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to seek WTO
authorization to impose additional retaliatory tariffs against
imports from China until the electrical steel duties are
The USTR filed an
appeal in 2010, claiming China conducted the injury
investigation and applied duties in a way that was inconsistent
with its international obligations (
amm.com, Sept. 15, 2010). Last year, the WTO ruled
largely in favor of the United States, although China has tried
to appeal the process (
amm.com, June 15, 2012).
An ATI spokesman could
not be reached for comment.