NEW YORK The U.S. Commerce Departments International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued an affirmative final determination in an anti-dumping investigation of imports of diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel from Japan.
The ITA determined that material from Japan had been sold into the United States at below-market value and issued dumping margins ranging from 45.42 to 77.7 percent.
Thomas Steel Strip Corp., a division of Indias Tata Steel Ltd., complained last year that imports from Japan were not only depressing U.S. prices but also causing a loss of market share and squeezing profits for domestic producers (amm.com, March 29, 2013).
The Warren, Ohio-based manufacturer is the only U.S. producer of annealed nickel-plated steel, which uses cold-rolled sheet, tin mill black plate or stainless steel as a substrate. Much of the companys product is used for alkaline batteries, the company said in its trade complaint.
Imports of the product last year were valued at some $12.6 million.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its final injury determination by May 16.