AD/CVD Update
November 1, 2013

New Investigations

This article was authored by International Trade Specialist Michael Kelleher

Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel

On September 18, Kelley Drye & Warren representing AK Steel Corporation, Allegheny Ludlum LLC, and the United Steelworkers, filed petitions with the ITC and Commerce seeking the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of grain-oriented electrical steel

from China, the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Poland, and the Russian Federation.  The ITC is scheduled to issue its preliminary injury determination in early November (pending an extension due to the Government shutdown) and Commerce should issue preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty determinations within about six months.

Chlorinated Isocyanurates

On August 29, Clearon Corp. and Occidental Chemical Corporation filed petitions with the ITC and Commerce seeking the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of chlorinated isocyanurates (“isos”) from Japan and CVDs on imports of chlorinated isos from China.  Chlorinated isos from China have been subject to antidumping duties since 2005.  The ITC vote (set for October 11) on the preliminary injury determination was postponed due to the government shutdown.

Steel Reinforcing Bar (“Rebar”)

On September 4, a group of domestic producers including Nucor, Gerdau Ameristeel U.S., Commercial Metals Company, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills and Byer Steel filed petitions with the ITC and Commerce seeking the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of rebar from Turkey and Mexico and CVDs on imports of rebar from Turkey.  One of the subsidy allegations in the Turkey CVD petition is that the Turkish steel producers’ affiliated power companies receive subsidies due to the Turkish government’s control of the natural gas market through a state-owned entity.  The ITC’s vote on the preliminary injury determination was previously set for October and has been postponed due the government shutdown.  Commerce should issue preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty determinations within about six months. 

Monosodium Glutamate

On September 16, Ajinomoto North America Inc. filed petitions with the ITC and Commerce seeking the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Monosodium Glutamate (“MSG”) from China and the Republic of Indonesia.  The ITC is scheduled to issue its preliminary injury determination in October (but could be extended due to the government shutdown) and Commerce should issue preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty determinations within about six months.

Non-Oriented Electrical Steel

On September 30, AK Steel Corporation filed petitions with the ITC and Commerce seeking the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of non-oriented electrical steel from the People’s Republic of China, The Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, The Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Sweden.  The ITC is scheduled to issue its preliminary injury determination in mid-November and Commerce should issue preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty determinations within about six months (unless extended due to government shutdown).