NEW YORK The
U.S. International Trade Commissions (ITCs)
decision to continue anti-dumping duties on imports of
large-diameter line pipe from Japan is "unfair and extremely
disappointing," according to the Japan Steel Information Center
"The Japanese steel
industry will carefully study this decision and determine an
appropriate course of action," JSIC chairman Kaoru Okamoto said
in a statement.
The ITC ruled 5-1 in
favor of maintaining duties in an affirmative determination
Sept. 12, it said on its website.
argued during the sunset review hearings that revocation
wouldnt lead to continuation or recurrence of material
injury to the U.S. steel industry.
"Nonetheless ... the
ITC appears to have concluded that protection of the U.S. steel
industry should be given the highest priority, continuing
anti-dumping measures which were imposed more than 10 years
(ago)," Okamoto said.
The domestic industry
argued during the hearings that market conditions remain tepid,
with capacity utilization below 50 percent and producers
recording losses (
amm.com, July 29).
It is the second
review of the duties, according to the ITCs website.
Dumping margins on large-diameter line pipe from Japan were
maintained at 30.8 percent in a decision by the Commerce
Departments International Trade Administration earlier
this year (
amm.com, Feb. 12).