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October 29, 2018

Canada, United States Announce Preliminary Determinations On Chinese Products

As American Metal Market (AMM, subscription necessary) reported last week, the Canadian government has made a preliminary determination that imports of coated flat-rolled steel from China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan are being dumped. The country set provisional duties on these products totaling:

  • 3 percent to 44.2 percent for Chinese products;
  • 3 percent for products from India;
  • 7 percent to 39.3 percent for products from South Korea; and
  • 5 percent to 24.7 percent for products from Taiwan.

The duties took effect on Oct. 24, 2018.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department last week announced an affirmative preliminary determination in antidumping duty investigation of imports of certain steel wheels from China. According to the agency, Chinese exporters have been dumping in United States at margin of 231.7 percent. As a result of the decision, the Commerce Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from Chinese importers based on these preliminary rates.

If the department makes a final determination affirming its decision, the International Trade Commission will make a final injury determination by Feb. 21, 2019. In 2017, U.S. imports of steel wheels were valued at an estimated $388 million.