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Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel from Germany, Japan, and Poland Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

August 27, 2014
News Release 14-089
Inv. No. 731-TA-1233, 1234, and 1236 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel from Germany, Japan, and Poland Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of grain-oriented electrical steel from Germany, Japan, and Poland that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent, Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, David S. Johanson, and F. Scott Kieff voted in the negative. Commissioner Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the USITC's negative determinations, no antidumping duty orders will be issued on imports of this product from Germany, Japan, and Poland.

The Commission's public report Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel from Germany, Japan, and Poland (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1233, 1234, and 1236 (Final), USITC Publication 4491, September 2014) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after October 1, 2014. After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel from China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Korea, Poland, and Russia
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-505 and 731-TA-1231-1237 (Final)

Product Description: Grain-oriented silicon electrical steel (GOES) is a flat-rolled alloy steel product, with the metallic grains elongated lengthwise along the direction of rolling, of conventional or high magnetic permeability, and is available in either coils or straight lengths. GOES undergoes cutting, punching, coating, and other operations to manufacture laminated electro-magnetic cores for electrical power and distribution transformers. Specifically excluded are flat-rolled products not in coils that, prior to importation into the United States, have been cut to shape and undergone all punching, coating, or other operations necessary for classification as a transformer part (i.e., a laminated core).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Final countervailing duty and antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  AK Steel Corp., West Chester, OH; Allegheny Ludlum LLC, Pittsburgh, PA;
       and the United Steel Workers, Pittsburgh, PA. 
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  September 18, 2013.
4. USITC hearing:  July 24, 2014.
5. USITC vote:  August 27, 2014 (Germany, Japan, and Poland).
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  September 8, 2014.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. producers in 2013:  Two.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Ohio and Pennsylvania. 
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2013: (1) 
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2013: (1)
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2013: (1) 
6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2013: (1)

U.S. Imports in 2013:

1. From Germany, Japan, and Poland during 2013:  $48.1 million.
2. From China, the Czech Republic, Korea, and Russia during 2013:  $23.3 million.
3. From other countries during 2013:  $6.7 million.
4. Leading sources during 2013:  Japan, the Czech Republic, and China (in terms of total
       value).

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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