SHANGHAI The U.S. Commerce Department has initiated an anti-dumping probe on imports of grain-oriented electrical steels from seven countries.
The countries are China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Poland and Russia, it said Oct. 25.
It is also conducting a countervailing duty investigation on imports of grain-oriented electrical steels from China.
AK Steel Corp., Allegheny Technologies Inc. and the United Steelworkers union filed a petition last month requesting the probe (amm.com, Sept. 18).
Imports from the seven countries are allegedly sold at less than fair value, with a dumping rate of 38.54 to 257.61 percent.
Preliminary injury determinations are scheduled to be announced on or before Nov. 20.
If it is determined that there is a reasonable indication that imports from those seven countries materially injure or threaten material injury to the domestic market, the investigation will continue. Commerce is scheduled to make a preliminary determination on the countervailing duty in December and the anti-dumping duty in March 2014.
Grain-oriented electrical steel imports from China were valued at an estimated $1.2 million in 2012, the Czech Republic at $7.7 million, Germany at $5.1 million), Japan at $38.2 million, South Korea at $11.1 million, Poland at $10.3 million and Russia at $10 million.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.