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Commerce issues final duties on GOES imports

Keywords: Tags  Commerce Department, GOES, grain-oriented electrical steel, AK Steel, Allegheny Technologies, United Steelworkers union, ITC, International Trade Commission Japan


NEW YORK — The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration has assessed final anti-dumping duty margins ranging from 78.1 to 241.91 percent on imports of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) from Germany, Japan and Poland.

Commerce also confirmed its affirmative critical circumstances determination against Poland—made in response to a February filing by petitioners AK Steel Corp., West Chester, Ohio; Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), Pittsburgh; and the United Steelworkers union (amm.com, Feb. 24)—which imposed the duties retroactively up to 90 days prior to the preliminary determination.

The final determinations were unchanged from the preliminary determinations made in May (amm.com, May 5).

Commerce assessed a dumping margin of 241.91 percent against mandatory Germany respondent ThyssenKrupp Electrical Steel GmbH "based on adverse facts available" after the steelmaker "failed to respond to the department’s questionnaire." All other German producers and exporters received a margin of 133.7 percent.

Japanese mandatory respondents Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. and JFE Steel Corp. also failed to respond to Commerce’s questionnaire and were assigned a dumping margin of 172.3 percent based on adverse facts available, while dumping rates of 93.36 percent were imposed on all other Japanese producers.

Mandatory Polish producer Stalprodukt SA was assessed a dumping margin of 99.51 percent, while all other Polish producers received a margin of 78.1 percent.

As a result, Commerce "will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits equal to the applicable weighted-average dumping margins."

The U.S. International Trade Commission will make its final injury determinations against imports from Germany, Japan and Poland by Aug. 30.

Imports of GOES from Germany were valued at an estimated $4.1 million in 2013, while those from Japan were valued at approximately $41.1 million and those from Poland at around $1.9 million.

AK Steel, ATI and the USW filed anti-dumping and countervailing trade petitions last September against GOES imports from seven countries (amm.com, Sept. 18).

Commerce’s final anti-dumping duty determinations against GOES imports from China, the Czech Republic, Russia and South Korea are expected by Sept. 16.


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