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Commerce sets preliminary margins vs. Japan flat steels

Keywords: Tags  Commerce Department, diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated, flat-rolled steel, International Trade Commission, Toyo Kohan, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Thomas Steel Strip Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — 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.

Commerce set 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.

Warren, Ohio-based Thomas Steel Strip Corp., a division of India’s Tata Steel Ltd., filed an anti-dumping petition in March (, 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 material (, May 10).

Commerce is scheduled to deliver its final determination by March 24. The ITC’s final ruling is expected by May 8.

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