The US Department of Commerce has placed tariffs on imports of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan. It also placed countervailing duties on imports of NOES from China and Taiwan, while no countervailing duties were placed on imports of NOES from Korea.
NOES is an iron-silicon alloy in which magnetic properties are practically the same in any direction in the plane of the material. NOES is typically used in the production of large and small motors, generators, lighting ballasts, and ignition coils. Countervailing duties are assessed when a product is found to have been unfairly subsidized by a foreign government or “dumped” on US shores.
Commerce determined that imports of NOES from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan have been sold in the United States at dumping margins of 407.52%, 86.29% to 98.84%, 135.59% to 204.79%, 6.88%, 98.46% to 126.72%, and 27.54% to 52.23%, respectively. Commerce also determined that imports of NOES from China and Taiwan have countervailable government subsidies at rates of 158.88% and 0.48% to 17.12%, respectively.