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US kicks off electrical steel import probe vs. 7 nations

Keywords: Tags  Commerce Department, grain-oriented electrical steels, steel imports, Allegheny Technologies, AK Steel, United Steelworkers union, anti-dumping investigation

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 (, 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.

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