NEW YORK AK Steel Corp. has filed critical circumstances allegations against non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) imports from China and South Korea, according to a Feb. 25 filing with the Commerce Departments Enforcement and Compliance division.
The allegations came one day after West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel joined Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), Pittsburgh, and the United Steelworkers union in filing similar allegations against imports of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) from the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia (amm.com, Feb. 24).
While AK Steel and ATI are the only GOES producers in the United States, AK Steel is the sole domestic NOES producer. NOES imports from China more than doubled to 3,256 short tons in the fourth quarter from 1,252 tons in the third quarter, and those from South Korea to 2,202 tons from 1,063 tons in the same comparison, the company alleged in the filing.
Critical circumstances allegations are filed in a trade case when the plaintiff believes there has been an influx of imported material from foreign producers since the cases original filing.
NOES imports from China and South Korea "have been massive" since the Sept. 30 filing of the original anti-dumping and countervailing trade case, the filing said, noting that Commerce "considers imports to be massive when imports during the comparison period have increased by 15 percent or more compared to imports during the base period."
In its original trade petition with the International Trade Commission (ITC), AK Steel said it had "lost a substantial volume of sales and has been forced to lower prices to achieve sales due to significant and pervasive underselling" by foreign NOES importers (amm.com, Sept. 30). The company filed the petition against imports from six subject countries that totaled 76,006 tons and accounted for 92.4 percent of total imports from all countries in 2012.
The ITC ruled in favor of the trade petition Dec. 2, claiming there was "reasonable indication" that the domestic NOES industry had been "materially injured" by the imports (amm.com, Dec. 2).