The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday upheld the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on hot-rolled steel products from several nations. Hot rolled steel is used in a variety of products, including automobiles, rail cars, building construction, appliances, machinery and piping. Tuesday’s action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
After a review, the ITC ruled that the existing rules affecting China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and the Ukraine would remain in place to protect American steel manufacturers. Revoking the antidumping or countervailing duty orders would lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to U.S. manufacturers within “a reasonably foreseeable time,” according to the ITC.
According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), U.S. consumption of hot rolled steel fell 43.2 percent between 2007 and 2009. By the end of 2012, consumption still had not returned to 2007 levels. At the same time, illegal trade practices by these countries have resulted in massive volumes of capacity that cannot be justified in market terms. Last year it was estimated that the six countries in question had almost 105 net tons of unused hot-rolling capacity. Even a small percentage of this unused capacity could be used to ship a devastating volume of hot-rolled steel to the United States.
Scott Paul, AAM president, heralds the ITC decision, saying, “These orders are the last line of defense for America’s steel companies and their workers in the face of illegal trade practices. Hot-rolled steel is vital to the long-term health of our steel industry. This outcome was the result of strong bipartisan congressional support, coupled with overwhelming evidence of the threats posed to American steel manufacturers.”
The ITC”s report, Hot-Rolled Steel Products from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine (Inv. Nos. 701-TA- 405, 406, & 408 and 731-TA-899-901 & 906-908 (Second Review), USITC Publication 4445, January 2014becomes available upon request after February 5, 2014, by emailing email@example.com, calling 202-205-2000C