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US extends antidumping duties on Thai steel

A US trade panel decided on Tuesday to extend antidumping and countervailing duties on hot- rolled steel products from five foreign countries including Thailand.

This is the result of the second five-year review of the measures imposed initially in 2001.

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that revoking the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on hot-rolled steel products from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence or dumping or subsidies within a reasonably foreseeable time.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the existing orders on imports of these products from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine will remain in place.

In a statement by the USITC, chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioners Dean A. Pinkert and David S. Johanson voted in the affirmative with respect to all countries. Commissioners Meredith M. Broadbent and F. Scott Kieff voted in the affirmative with respect to China, India, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine and in the negative with respect to Indonesia. Commissioner Shara L. Aranoff did not participate in the determinations concerning these reviews.

The action comes under the five-year review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. The agreement calls for the US to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years. The duties can be extended if the Department of Commerce and the USITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies.

On February 4, 2013, the USITC voted to conduct full reviews. With regard to imports from Taiwan and Thailand, all six commissioners concluded that both the domestic group responses and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews. With regard to imports from China, India, Indonesia, and Ukraine, all six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group responses were adequate and that the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.


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