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Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value in the Antidumping Duty Investigations of Structural Steel Beams from Japan and South Korea

On February 3, 2000, the Department of Commerce ("DOC") announced the preliminary determination in the antidumping ("AD") investigations covering imports of Structural Steel Beams from Japan and South Korea.

These cases were included in a petition filed on July 7, 1999 against steel beams from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. In August 1999, the International Trade Commission found that steel beams from Germany and Spain were not causing injury to the domestic steel industry. As a result, those investigations were terminated.

PETITIONERS:

The AD petition was filed on behalf of the U.S. industry (Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Nucor-Yamato Steel Co., TXI-Chaparral Steel Co., and the United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO).

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

The merchandise subject to this investigation is structural steel beams. The technical language describing the scope of this investigation will be included in the preliminary determination notice which will be published in the Federal Register.

CASE CALENDAR:

The following determinations will be made not later than these statutory deadlines:

Initiation: August 3, 1999

Affirm. ITC Preliminary Determination: August 23, 1999

ITA Preliminary Determination: February 2, 2000

Japan:

ITA Final Determination: April 17, 2000

ITC Final Determination (estimated): June 1, 2000*

Order (estimated): June 8, 2000*

Korea:

ITA Final Determination (estimated): June 23, 2000

ITC Final Determination (estimated): August 7, 2000*

Order (estimated): August 14, 2000*

* If DOC makes affirmative final AD or CVD determinations, the ITC must make a final injury determination within 45 days. If that determination is affirmative, DOC will issue a duty order.

PRELIMINARY DUMPING MARGINS:

Company AD Margins (ad valorem)


Japan

Kawasaki Steel Corporation 65.21%

Nippon Steel Corporation 65.21%

NKK Corporation/Toa Steel Co., Ltd. 65.21%

Sumitomo Metals Industries, Ltd. 65.21%

Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 65.21%

Topy Industries, Limited 65.21%

All Others 31.98%


South Korea

Inchon Iron & Steel Co., Ltd 14.95%

Kangwon Industries, Ltd. 47.55%

All Others 30.30%


VOLUME AND VALUE OF IMPORTS

VOLUME (NT)

JAPAN 1996 1997 1998 Jan - Mar 1998 Jan - Mar 1999
Volume (NT) 41,457 43,422 924,200 136,122 176,628


SOUTH KOREA 1996 1997 1998 Jan - Mar 1998 Jan - Mar 1999
Volume (NT) 7,721 4,809 400,523 8,288 148,055

VALUE ($)

JAPAN 1996 1997 1998 Jan - Mar 1998 Jan - Mar 1999
Value ($)(000) 15,923 15,750 313,395 62,332 47,240


SOUTH KOREA 1996 1997 1998 Jan - Mar 1998 Jan - Mar 1999
Value ($)(000) 2,689 1,715 122,941 2,789 40,829

 

 

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