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 (JSIC).
"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.
Japanese producers 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).