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US: Imports Of Stainless Steel From China Benefitting From Unfair Govt Subsidies

12 2016.09

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determination that imports of stainless steel sheet and strip or “SSSS” from China are benefitting from unfair government subsidies. As a result, it will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection or “CBP” to begin to require U.S. importers of SSSS from China to deposit estimated countervailing duties at the time of importation.
Further, based on its previously announced preliminary affirmative critical circumstances determination, the Commerce Department will instruct CBP to suspend liquidation of all entries of SSSS from China that were imported into the United States on or after the date that is 90 days prior the date of publication in the FederalRegister of the affirmative preliminary countervailing duty determination, and to require U.S. importers to post security equal to the preliminary subsidy rates on those entries.
The Commerce Department’s determination follows the filing, on February 12, 2016, of antidumping and countervailing duty petitions by domestic producers AK Steel Corporation (AKS ), Allegheny Ludlum, LLC d/b/a ATI Flat Rolled Products, an Allegheny Technologies company ( ATI ), North American Stainless, and Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC.
The next step in this trade action will be the Commerce Department’s issuance of its final countervailing duty determination, which is likely to be completed on or about January 30, 2017. In addition, the Commerce Department is currently scheduled to issue its preliminary antidumping determination on Monday, September 12, 2016. If an affirmative preliminary antidumping determination is issued by the Commerce Department, U.S. importers will be required to post cash deposits or bonds on all future entries of SSSS from China in the amount of the subsidy and dumping margin calculated by the agency.
Imports of stainless steel sheet and strip from China increased by 133 percent between 2013 and 2015. China was the largest supplier of stainless sheet and strip to the U.S. market in 2015, accounting for almost half of all imports. This surge in imports of stainless steel sheet and strip from China was driven by low import pricing that caused U.S. producers to lose significant sales and profits.
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