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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from 12 Countries

May 20, 2016
News Release 16-057
Inv. No. 701-TA-559-561 and 731-TA-1317-1328 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from 12 Countries

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of China and Korea.

The Commission further determined that imports of these products that are allegedly subsidized by the government of Brazil are negligible.

All six Commissioners made a finding of negligibility with respect to imports that are allegedly subsidized by the government of Brazil and voted in the affirmative with respect to all other investigations.   

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigations on imports of this product from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey, and its countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from China and Korea, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about July 5, 2016, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about September 15, 2016.

As a result of the Commission’s finding of negligibility, the countervailing duty investigation on imports of these products from Brazil will be terminated.

The Commission’s public report Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey, Inv. Nos. 701-TA-559-561 and 731-TA-1317-1328 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4615, May 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 21, 2016.  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
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-length Plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-559-561 and 731-TA-1317-1328 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Cut-to-length (CTL) plate is a flat-rolled carbon or alloy steel product that is 4.75 millimeters or more in thickness. CTL plate is available in a variety of widths, thicknesses, and shapes. The term “cut-to-length” refers to a flat plate product with a defined length. Plate is used in load-bearing and structural applications, such as agricultural and construction equipment (e.g., cranes, bulldozers, scrapers, and other tracked or self-propelled machinery); bridges; machine parts (e.g., the body of the machine or its frame); electricity transmission towers and light poles; buildings (especially nonresidential); and heavy transportation equipment, such as railroad cars (especially tank cars) and ships. The product scope also includes wide flat carbon steel bar at least 150 mm (5.9 inches) in width.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners: ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation, and SSAB Enterprises, LLC.
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: April 14, 2016.
4. Commission’s conference: April 29, 2016.
5. USITC vote: May 20, 2016.
6. USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 23, 2016.
7. USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 31, 2016.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 2015: Seventeen.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015: 3,889.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 7.2 million short tons.
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2015: 20.9 percent.

U.S. Imports:
1. From the subject countries during 2015: 1
2. From other countries during 2015: [1]
3. Leading sources during 2015: Korea, Germany, and France (in terms of total value).

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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