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Commerce backs AK Steel in NOES case

Keywords: Tags  steel, non-oriented electrical steel, NOES, imports, U.S.Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration, affirmative preliminary ruling, China Germany

NEW YORK — The U.S. Commerce Department has issued affirmative preliminary rulings in its anti-dumping duty investigation against imports of non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) from China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan, the department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) said May 16.

Preliminary dumping margins ranged from 6.91 percent for South Korea’s Posco Ltd. and its subsidiary Daewoo International Corp. to 407.52 percent for all NOES imports from China.

Commerce will immediately instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require cash deposits on all subject imports based on the preliminary rates, an ITA spokesman told AMM.

The ITA also ruled on critical circumstances allegations filed by the petitioner, West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel Corp., against imports from all subject countries except Taiwan (, March 7). Commerce "preliminarily determined that critical circumstances exist for China, Japan and Sweden," as well as mandatory German respondents CD Wälzholz KG and ThyssenKrupp Electrical Steel GMBH. The department made a negative determination on critical circumstances allegations against South Korea.

Imports of NOES from China were valued at an estimated $11.9 million in 2013, while those from Germany were valued at $7.7 million, from Japan at $18.5 million, from South Korea at $4.1 million, from Sweden at $10.6 million and from Taiwan at $8.1 million, the ITA said.

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations concerning China, Germany, Japan and Sweden by July 29, with final rulings on South Korea and Taiwan set to follow by October 3.

AK Steel, the sole domestic NOES producer, filed anti-dumping and countervailing trade petitions against imports from the subject countries with both Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in September (, Sept. 30).

The ITC determined in December that there was a "reasonable indication" that the domestic industry had been "materially injured" by the imports (, Dec. 2). Commerce followed that ruling with its own anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, and issued preliminary subsidy rates in March on NOES imports from China and Taiwan while releasing a negative determination on South Korean producers and exporters (, March 19).

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