Import Duties Placed on Steel Plate From Brazil, Turkey and South Africa

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The Department of Commerce, late yesterday, placed import duties on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey.

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For the purpose of anti-dumping investigations, dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the U.S. at less than its fair value.

In the Brazil investigation. Commerce found dumping has occurred by Companhia Siderurgica Nacional and Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, at a final dumping margin of 74.52%. The dumping margin for the mandatory respondents was based on adverse facts available (AFA) they did not cooperate in the investigation. Commerce established a final dumping margin of 74.52% for all other producers/exporters in Brazil.

In the South Africa investigation, commerce found dumping occurred by Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corp., at a final margin of 94.14%. They also did not cooperate in the investigation. Commerce calculated a dumping margin of 87.72% for all other producers/exporters in South Africa.

In the Turkey investigation, Commerce found dumping occurred by Ereğli Demir ve Çelik Fabrikalari T.A.Ş., at a dumping margin of 50%. It, too, did not cooperate in the investigation. Commerce calculated a final dumping margin of 42.02% for all other producers/exporters in Turkey.

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As a result of the final affirmative determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits equal to the applicable weighted-average dumping margins.

Comments (2)

  1. Ruan Hennin says:

    There is a reason why Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corp did not cooperate in the investigation, the company, which is not two separate companies but one, has been closed down for almost a year now. Kind off makes you wonder what the US has against South Africa, as there was obviously no proper investigation.

    1. Jeff Yoders says:

      Hey Ruan,

      This is not the first case where Commerce has placed duties for past dumping or countervailing subsidies that has shut down operations. We neither endorse nor condemn the quality of the investigation, just noting that defunct companies have been tariffed for past actions before.

      Jeff Yoders
      Editor

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