AISI Commends U.S. Commerce Department for Ruling on Chinese Circumvention

Preliminary determination will apply antidumping order to all Chinese producers

Washington, D.C., 2/16/ 2011 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) commends the U.S. Commerce Department for its preliminary determination that Chinese producers are circumventing an antidumping order on plate products through the addition of boron.   

“We are pleased to hear that the Commerce Department has taken action on what is one of the oldest tricks on the book, trying to slightly modify the chemistry of a product to evade antidumping orders,” AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson, said.  “Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the Commerce Department decided, appropriately, to apply the antidumping order broadly to all Chinese producers, not just the specific Chinese producers found to be circumventing.   This is a clear victory for U.S. plate producers.   Commerce will now collect cash deposits on all Chinese boron-added plate, unless the producer can clearly verify that the product meets very specific additional testing requirements showing that the boron addition actually was added to improve the characteristics of the steel to meet required specifications.”

“We are also pleased that Commerce is going to move forward swiftly on a quick schedule to render a final determination,” Gibson said.  He said it is also positive that the additional AD duty collection begins immediately, and cash deposits are actually required retroactive to April 2010.
 
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