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First rebar duties could come in Dec.

Keywords: Tags  rebar imports, Turkey rebar, Mexico rebar, anti-dumping, countervailing, International Trade Commission, Commerce Department, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Potential anti-dumping duties on rebar shipments from Turkey and Mexico could be implemented in early March, while potential countervailing duties on Turkish rebar could be imposed as soon as late December, according to a timeline for the trade investigation.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determination on whether U.S. producers have been injured by imports of Turkish and Mexican rebar was originally scheduled for Oct. 21, but that has been pushed back to Nov. 6 due to the partial government shutdown this month.

If the ITC rules Nov. 6 that domestic producers have been injured by imports, the U.S. Commerce Department will continue the investigation it began in September to determine anti-dumping and countervailing margins (, Sept. 26).

Commerce would determine preliminary subsidy margins Dec. 16 and countervailing duties would go into effect about a week later after they have been published in the Federal Register, according to a Commerce Department spokesman. Preliminary anti-dumping margins against the two countries would be determined Feb. 27 and also go into effect about a week later.

That means that a rebar importer of record may begin paying countervailing duties to U.S. Customs and Border Protection as early as the second half of December and anti-dumping duties as early as the first half of March.

However, all of the deadlines could be pushed back if parties to the case ask for extensions, a practice the Commerce Department spokesman referred to as "routine."

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