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ITA sets duty margins on nickel-plated steel

Keywords: Tags  nickel-plated steel, batteries, stainless steel, Tata Steel, Thomas Steel Strip, dumping margins, anti-dumping, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — The U.S. Commerce Department’s 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 India’s 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 (, 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 company’s 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.

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