Canada not included in new U.S. duties on structural steel imports
September 5, 2019
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The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it imposed duties on Chinese and Mexican structural steel after making a preliminary determination that producers in both countries had dumped fabricated structural steel on the U.S. market at prices below fair market value.
The department told Reuters it imposed duties of up to 141 per cent on Chinese structural steel and up to 31 per cent on Mexican structural steel and will begin collecting cash deposits for imports based on those rates.
Commerce said it had found that imports of Canadian fabricated structural steel did not violate U.S. anti-dumping laws.
Most Chinese steel products have largely been excluded from the U.S. market by prior Commerce Department anti-dumping duties and President Donald Trump’s 25 per cent punitive tariffs. The latest order seeks to prevent Chinese downstream structural steel assemblies from skirting those duties and entering the United States.
Commerce found that one Chinese producer, Modern Heavy Industries (Taicang) Co Ltd, did not dump product into the United States, but it imposed dumping rates of 52 per cent on Wison (Nanton) Heavy Industry Co Ltd and 57.86 per cent on Jinhuan Construction Group Co Ltd. It also assigned a preliminary dumping rate of 141 per cent for all other Chinese fabricators.
Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry did immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters.