U.S. Department of Commerce Determines that Belarus Remains a Non-Market Economy
For Immediate Release
October 19, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its determination that Belarus continues to be a non-market economy (NME) country under the U.S. antidumping law. As a result of today’s determination, Commerce will continue to treat Belarus as an NME for purposes of calculating dumping margins in Commerce’s antidumping cases.
Commerce’s determination stems from a request by the Government of Belarus for Commerce to reexamine its status as an NME. The Government of Belarus made this request in the context of changed circumstances reviews of the U.S. antidumping orders on imports of steel concrete reinforcing bars and alloy steel wire rod from Belarus.
Commerce’s determination is based on an objective, fact-based analysis of six statutory factors set out in the U.S. antidumping law. The analysis is publicly available to registered users via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS), at http://access.trade.gov (search for case number A-822-804).
A complete list of the countries that Commerce has designated as NMEs for purposes of the U.S. antidumping duty law is available at: https://www.trade.gov/nme-countries-list.
Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for making NME designations under the antidumping law. Enforcement and Compliance vigorously enforces U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based solely on facts submitted to the public record.