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American Plate Producers Were Harmed by Dumped Imports, U.S. ITC Rules

1/6/2017 - The U.S. International Trade Commission affirmed on Friday that domestic producers have been materially injured by dumped cut-to-length plate from three countries – Brazil, South Africa and Turkey. 
All six commissioners voted the affirmative, and the decision clears the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose anti-dumping orders.  

Alan Price, a trade attorney who represents Nucor Corp. in the case, applauded the trade commission’s decision.  

“Today’s vote confirms that the U.S. steel industry has suffered harmful effects from unfairly traded cut-to-length imports,” said Price,  chairman of the international trade practice at the law firm Wiley Rein. "With its affirmative determination, the ITC is sending a clear message that all countries must play by the rules of international trade and will be held accountable for failure to do so.”

Price called the determinations a "critical step" in returning fair trade to the domestic flat-rolled market. 

The case, which includes nine other countries, arose last year on a complaint from Nucor Corp., ArcelorMittal USA, and SSAB Enterprises. The trade commission is to vote on whether to affirm preliminary rulings on the remaining countries over the next several months. 

The other nine countries named in the case are Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.