Japanese producers of diffusion-annealed nickel-plated
flat-rolled steel sold the material in the United States at
less than fair value, the U.S. Commerce Department found in a
preliminary determination Nov. 12.
preliminary dumping margins for Tokyo-based mandatory
respondents Toyo Kohan Co. Ltd. and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo
Metal Corp. at 47.8 percent and 77.7 percent, respectively. All
other producers and exporters in Japan received a preliminary
dumping margin of 47.8 percent.
"As a result of the
preliminary affirmative determination, Commerce will instruct
U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require cash deposits
based on these preliminary rates," the agency said.
Thomas Steel Strip Corp., a division of Indias Tata Steel
Ltd., filed an anti-dumping petition in March (
amm.com, March 29).
Thomas Steel Strip
claimed that Japanese imports of diffusion-annealed
nickel-plated flat-rolled steel, primarily used for alkaline
batteries, caused it to lose sales volumes, which it attempted
to reclaim by reducing prices repeatedly in 2011 and 2012.
The U.S. International
Trade Commission in May said it found indication that the
domestic industry was harmed by Japanese imports of the
amm.com, May 10).
Commerce is scheduled
to deliver its final determination by March 24. The ITCs
final ruling is expected by May 8.