NEW YORK The
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in favor of
AK Steel Corp. in an anti-dumping and countervailing trade
petition against imports of non-oriented electrical steel from
The ITC determined
Dec. 2 there was a "reasonable indication" that the domestic
industry has been "materially injured" by allegedly cut-priced
imports from China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and
Taiwan, as well as allegedly subsidized imports from China,
Korea and Taiwan.
Ohio-based AK Steel filed the trade case in September,
complaining that imported material had driven down prices and
placed a strain on the companys margins
(amm.com, Sept. 30). AK Steel is the sole U.S.
producer of the material.
Department has initiated an investigation into non-oriented
electrical steel imports, with a preliminary countervailing
duty determination due by Jan. 10 and a preliminary
anti-dumping duty determination due by March 26 (
amm.com, Nov. 8).
The ITC decision came
two weeks after it issued a similar ruling in a trade case
filed by AK Steel, Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc.
and the United Steelworkers union against imports of
grain-oriented electrical steel from seven countries (
amm.com, Nov. 19).