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China protests inclusion in US duty probe

Keywords: Tags  China Ministry of Commerce, grain-oriented electrical steel, U.S. anti-dumping probe, Shen Danyang, He Wenbo, Baoshan Iron & Steel, Baosteel

SHANGHAI — China shouldn’t be included in the U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty probe on imports of grain-oriented electrical steel, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said.

“I would like to make a special mention of the ... case on (grain-oriented electrical steel). According to U.S. statistics, (grain-oriented electrical steel) imports from China only account for a very small percentage of its total import volume of the product, and is the lowest among the seven countries being probed,” ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said at a press conference Oct. 31.

China exported 370 tonnes of the product to the United States in 2012, according to U.S. Commerce Department data.

“According to related World Trade Organization regulations, (U.S.) imports from China are negligible. Thus, China should not have been included in the case,” he said.

Apart from China, the Commerce is investigating imports of the product from the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Poland and Russia (, Oct. 30).

One of China’s major producers of grain-oriented electrical steel, Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., part of Baosteel Group Corp., said it would actively participate in the U.S. probe in the hope that it wouldn’t affect its exports to the country.

“(Baoshan Iron & Steel) entered the high-end (grain-oriented electrical steel) market in the USA in 2012, and the country is one of the major export target markets for (Baoshan’s product),” chairman He Wenbo said during an online conference Oct. 30.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.

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