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New AD Duty Investigation of Nickel-Plated Steel from Japan

Friday, April 19, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Administration announced April 17 the initiation of an antidumping duty investigation of diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products from Japan. The petitioner alleges dumping margins of 56.50% to 77.70%. If the International Trade Commission’s preliminary AD injury determination, which is due by May 13, is affirmative, the ITA will continue this investigation and a preliminary AD duty determination will be expected in September.

The products covered by this investigation are flat-rolled, cold-reduced steel products, regardless of chemistry, whether or not in coils, either plated or coated with nickel or nickel-based alloys and subsequently annealed (i.e., diffusion-annealed), whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastics or other metallic or nonmetallic substances, and less than or equal to 2.0 mm in nominal thickness. For purposes of this investigation, nickel-based alloys include all nickel alloys with other metals in which nickel accounts for at least 80% of the alloy by volume. Imports of subject merchandise are classified primarily under HTSUS 7212.50.0000 and 7210.90.6000 but may also be classified under HTSUS 7210.70.6090, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7219.90.0020, 7219.90.0025, 7219.90.0060, 7219.90.0080, 7220.90.0010, 7220.90.0015, 7225.99.0090 or 7226.99.0180.

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