Press Release
Bosnia and Herzegovina Iceland Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations for Silicon Metal from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland  

For Immediate Release 
December 8, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809 

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of silicon metal from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland. Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland have dumped silicon metal in the United States at a rate of 21.41 percent, and at rates ranging from 37.83 to 47.54 percent, respectively. 

As a result of today’s decisions, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of silicon metal from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland based on the preliminary rates noted above. 

The petitioners are Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (Beverly, OH) and Mississippi Silicon LLC (Burnsville, MS).

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations in these cases on or about February 23, 2021. This deadline may be extended.

If Commerce’s final determinations are affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about April 8, 2021. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations of dumping and the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations of dumping or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.

In 2019, imports of silicon metal from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland were valued at $19.5 million and $11.6 million, respectively.

Read the fact sheet on today’s decision(s).

Commerce is conducting a concurrent AD investigation of silicon metal from Malaysia, as well as a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of silicon metal from Kazakhstan. These proceedings remain ongoing.

The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 306 new AD and CVD) investigations – a 283 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

The AD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 539 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties. 

Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing 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. 

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