US affirms finding of China steel plate dumping, subsidies

Chinese workers load steel tubes onto a truck at a logistics center in Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu province on November 8, 2016.
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The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it had made a final finding of dumping of certain imports of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length (CTL) plate from China.

The department said in a statement that it has set a final dumping margin of 68.27 percent for Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel Works, the only respondent in the case, "for the China-wide entity's failure to cooperate."

Commerce officials said they would call on the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to collect cash deposits equal to the dumping rate that would be refunded if the U.S. International Trade Commission later finds there has been no harm to U.S. producers.

In 2015, imports of CTL plate from China were valued at an estimated $70.3 million, it said.

The finding followed an investigation prompted by a petition from Nucor and U.S. subsidiaries of ArcelorMittal and SSAB.

The material is used in a wide range of applications, including in buildings and bridgework; agricultural, construction and mining equipment; machine parts and tooling; ships, rail cars, tankers and barges; and large-diameter pipe.

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