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Nucor outlines appeal of ITC decision on Ukraine wire rod

Keywords: Tags  Ukraine, wire rod, steel, long products, Nucor, Gerdau Ameristeel, trade, anti-dumping duties ITC

NEW YORK — Nucor Corp. has outlined its case against a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decision to allow anti-dumping duties on wire rod imports from Ukraine to expire.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker said in a filing with the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) that the ITC’s determination was "not supported by substantial evidence" and was "otherwise contrary to law." The steelmaker found fault with the ITC’s findings that Ukraine wire rod imports would not be significant, would not impact U.S. prices and would not injure U.S. industry if duties—which had been in place since 2002 (, July 25)—were revoked.

Commercial and business data backing the case were not specified in the document. However, domestic steelmakers argued at an ITC hearing in April that Ukraine wire rod producers owned significant wire rod capacity that they could easily shift to overseas and U.S. markets.

Nucor has asked the CIT to find the ITC’s June 16 determination unlawful and return it to the commission for reconsideration.

"We will be intervening in that appeal in support of Nucor’s position on behalf of several other domestic producers shortly," Kathleen W. Cannon, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Washington office, told AMM via e-mail Aug. 18. Cannon represents Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau Ameristeel Corp., Pueblo, Colo.-based Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel and Dallas-based Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc. in the trade case.

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