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Both sides in Turkey trade case fire final shots

Keywords: Tags  Turkey, rebar, Commerce Department, Penny Pritzker, International Trade Administration, Namik Ekinci, Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — As a preliminary decision by the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) draws near in an anti-dumping case on rebar from Turkey and Mexico, both sides have made final public claims to support their positions.

"Rebar is one of the largest-volume products in the United States, employing more than 10,000 workers in 30 states," a group of U.S. senators wrote to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and the impact of "surging" imports of "unfairly traded rebar" from Turkey and Mexico on the domestic industry is "extremely troubling."

In response, Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association chairman Namık Ekinci said in a statement that "Turkish producers and exporters are cooperating fully in both the current countervailing duty and anti-dumping investigations, and look forward to being fully exonerated in this process," adding that his members "read the related letter with great concern."

The senators claim that the ITA’s preliminary decision to levy no countervailing duties on Turkish rebar producers (, Feb. 20) was "surprising," given the energy-intensive nature of steel manufacturing and the Turkish government’s practice of providing energy subsidies to the industry.

Ekinci countered that the ITA found that the reported "subsidies are so small that they are not considered worth measuring under U.S. law."

The ITA’s preliminary anti-dumping decision is scheduled for April 18, with publication of the results expected April 21.

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