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ANTIDUMPING DUTY INVESTIGATION


 

The People's Republic of China...Germany.....Japan

Korea ..Sweden. .Taiwan

  Non-Oreinted Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan 

PETITION: Common Issues & Inury | China | China CVD | Germnay | Japan | Korea | Korea CVD | Sweden | Taiwan
ITC Questionnaires:
DOC Information:


Case Nos.
ITC: 701-TA-
DOC:


Scope

The merchandise subject to these investigations consists of NOES, which includes cold-rolled, flat-rolled, alloy steel products, whether or not in coils, regardless of width, having a thickness of 0.20 mm or more, in which the core loss is substantially equal in any direction of magnetization in the plane of the material. The term "substantially equal" in the prior sentence means that the cross grain direction of core loss is no more than 1.5 times the straight grain direction (i.e., the rolling direction) of core loss. NOES contains by weight at least 1.25 percent of silicon and less than 3.5 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent of carbon, not more than 1.5 percent of aluminum, and no other element in an amount that would give the steel the characteristics of another alloy steel.

NOES is subject to these investigations whether it is fully processed (fully annealed to develop final magnetic properties) or semi-processed (finished to final thickness and physical form but not fully annealed to develop final magnetic properties); whether or not it is coated (e.g., with enamel, varnish, natural oxide surface, chemically treated or phosphate surface, or other non-metallic materials). Fully processed NOES is typically made to the requirements of ASTM specification A 677, JIS specification C 2552, and/or IEC specification 60404-8-4. Semi-processed NOES is typically made to the requirements of ASTM specification A 683. The scope of these investigations is not limited to merchandise meeting the specifications noted above.

The term "non-oriented" is used to differentiate NOES from grain-oriented electrical steel ("GOES"), in which the core loss is strongly oriented in the direction of the rolling. The term "strongly oriented" in the prior sentence means that the cross grain direction of the core loss is more than 3.0 times the straight grain direction (i.e., the rolling direction) of the core loss. NOES and GOES can be clearly differentiated by measuring the magnetic permeability (B) at a field of 800 Aim (equivalent to 10 Oesteds) along (i.e., parallel to) the rolling direction of the sheet. This measurement is referred to as the "B800", "B8", or "H-10" magnetic permeability, magnetic induction, or polarization. GOES has a B800 value greater than 1.80 Tesla when tested parallel to the rolling direction, and NOES has a B800 value not exceeding 1.65 Tesla when tested parallel to the rolling direction. The specifics of the GOES property specification and the method of testing are described in ASTM standard specifications A 876 and A 343, respectively.

NOES is sometimes referred to as cold-rolled non-oriented electrical steel ("CRNO"), non-grain oriented ("NGO"), or cold-rolled non-grain oriented ("CRNGO"). These terms are interchangeable.

The subject merchandise is provided for in subheadings 7225.19.0000,7226.19.1000, and 7226.19.9000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS"). Subject merchandise may also be entered under subheadings 7225.50.8085, 7225.99.0090, 7226.92.5000, 7226.92.7050, 7226.92.8050, 7226.99.0180 of the HTSUS. Although HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.
 

 
Petition filed for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations into Non-Oreinted Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan 

On September 30, 2013, AK Steel Corp. filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking antidumping investigation of Non- Oriented Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan, and a countervailing duty investigations of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from China and Korea.

Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its normal value. Petitioners allege that producers and exporters of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan are dumping Non-Oriented Electrical Steel with margins of up to 397.47% (China), 87.84% (Germany), 114.84% (Japan), 70.59% (Korea), 61.75% (Sweden), and 74.82% (Taiwan). These percentages are what the Petitioners believe should be used as additional import duties on imports of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from the respective countries.

Subsidies are financial assistance from foreign governments that benefit the production, manufacture, or exportation of goods. These subsidies may be in the form of discounted loans, tax breaks, direct grants, or low-cost rent, and etcetera. Petitioners allege that Chinese and exporters of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel benefited from at least 34 subsidy programs, and that Korean producers benefitted from at least 17 subsidy programs.

Both types of investigations involve two separate parts: an evaluation by the U.S. International Trade Commission of whether U.S. producers are being injured by reason of the imports, and a calculation by the U.S. Department of Commerce of the margin of dumping or subsidies of individual exporters from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.

The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated its investigation into injury. It will have 45 days to make its preliminary injury determination -- that is, until November 4, 2013. Importers, producers, and exporters can participate in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s evaluation of whether Non-Oriented Electrical Steel imports are injuring the U.S. domestic Non-Oriented Electrical Steel industry by filling out and sending in a questionnaire response about production, importation, and sales of Non-Oriented Electrical Steel.

The U.S. Department of Commerce will evaluate the petitions to determine whether they contain allegations and evidence that is reasonably available to the Petitioners indicating that Non-Oriented Electrical Steel sold to the United States from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan is dumped, and whether Oriented Electrical Steel sold to the United States from China and Korea is subsidized by the governments of those countries. If the Department of Commerce determines that the petition is sufficient, it will initiate its investigations into subsidies in 20 days -- that is, by October 20, 2013.

It is recommended that U.S. international trade counsel assist in legal defense in the injury investigation and in the antidumping and countervialing duty investigations.




Non-Oriented Electrical Steel Investigation Timeline:

EVENT AD INVESTIGATION
Petitions Filed September 30, 2013
DOC Initiation Date TBD - Gov't Shutdown
ITC Preliminary Determination* TBD - Gov't Shutdown
DOC Preliminary Determinations** TBD - Gov't Shutdown
DOC Final Determinations** TBD - Gov't Shutdown
ITC Final Determination*** TBD - Gov't Shutdown
Issuance of Orders**** TBD - Gov't Shutdown

* If the ITC makes a negative preliminary determination of injury, the investigations are terminated.
**These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.
***This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations from Commerce.
****This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations from Commerce and the ITC.
 

                                                                                                          

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