New AD/CV Duties Sought On Steel Rod From China
A petition filed Jan. 31 alleges that carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from China is being dumped below cost in the U.S. market and is also benefiting from countervailable subsidies. Petitioners ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Charter Steel, Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc., Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc., and Nucor Corporation allege dumping margins of 100.1% to 110.18%.
The subject merchandise is currently classifiable in the HTSUS subheadings 7213.91.3011, 7213.91.3015, 7213.91.3020, 7213.91.3093, 7213.91.4500, 7213.91.6000, 7213.99.0030, 7227.20.0030, 7227.20.0080, 7227.90.6010, 7227.90.6020, 7227.90.6030 and 7227.90.6035. From 2011 through 2013, certain subject alloy wire rod products were classified with non-subject hot-rolled bar products in HTSUS 7227.90.6085. As of Jan. 1, 2014, HTSUS 7227.90.6085 was replaced with four new breakouts, including 7227.90.6030 (covering circular alloy wire rod with a diameter of less than 14 mm) and 7227.90.6035 (covering circular alloy wire rod with a diameter of 14 mm or more but less than 19 mm). The remaining two new HTSUS numbers, 7227.90.6040 (circular alloy bars and rods with a diameter of 19 mm or more) and 7227.90.6090 (shapes other than circular), are considered bar products outside the scope of this investigation.
The International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on the subject merchandise. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.
For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.