WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department announced Thursday that it has issued a preliminary ruling in support of an antidumping complaint filed by the U.S. steel industry against tin mill products shipped from Japan.
The decision followed a Dec. 13 finding by the U.S. International Trade Commission that the imports are materially hurting U.S. industry.
If the latest ruling is upheld in final decisions expected by the department in June and the ITC in July, punitive duties corresponding to antidumping margins will be levied against the imports.
In Thursday’s ruling, the Commerce Department set a dumping margin of 95.29 percent for products imported from NKK Corp., Nippon Steel Corp., Kawasaki Steel Corp. and Toyo Kohan Co.
It also set a margin of 32.52 percent for products shipped from all other Japanese steelmakers.
Last October, West Virginia-based Weirton Steel Corp., along with the Independent Steelworkers Union and the United Steelworkers of America, lodged a dumping complaint with the ITC and the Commerce Department against the imports.
In the complaint, Weirton Steel said that 476,800 tons of tin mill products were imported into the United States through last August, and that Japan accounted for 50.1 percent of the total.
Japan’s product share in the U.S. rose to 9.1 percent in the first eight months of 1999, up from 6 percent in the same period of 1998, it said.