September 9, 2019

U.S. Imposes Duties On Fabricated Steel From China, Mexico

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will place preliminary antidumping duties on imports of certain fabricated structural steel from China and Mexico. The duties will range up to 141 percent on Chinese structural steel and up to 31 percent on Mexican structural steel.

Reuters explained, “Most Chinese steel products have largely been excluded from the U.S. market by prior Commerce Department anti-dumping duties and President Donald Trump’s 25 percent punitive tariffs. The latest order seeks to prevent Chinese downstream structural steel assemblies from skirting those duties and entering the United States.”

The department found imports from Canada had not been dumped, and therefore placed no penalties on them. (The department had investigated Canadian suppliers Canatal Industries and Les Constructions Beauce-Atlas.)

The products covered by the investigation are prefabricated from beams, girders, columns plates and flanges for erection or assembly into structures, such as buildings, parking decks, hospitals, arenas and ports. The investigation excludes concrete reinforcing bar structures, steel bridge sections, pre-fabricated steel buildings and steel utility poles and other products. The Department of Commerce will make final determinations in these antidumping investigations on or about January 24, 2020.

In 2018, fabricated structural steel imports from China and Mexico were valued at $897.5 million and $622.4 million respectively.