Orçun Çetinkaya, LL.M. - August 12, 2015
Another United States trade case involving the Turkish steel industry was filed on 11 August 2015. This time, the product is hot rolled steel flat products. A Petition was filed requesting imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on certain hot-rolled steel flat products from Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The products covered by this Petition are certain hot rolled steel flat products, which is a combination of carbon and iron that is usefully malleable first cast, and in which iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements and the carbon content is 2% or less, by weight.
The manufacturers make these products using three distinct stages:
This product is ideal for general structural and functional areas where surface finish and weight are not critical, causing it to be mostly used for the manufacture of automotive applications, transportation equipment, nonresidential construction, appliances, heavy machinery, and machine parts.
The scope covers certain hot-rolled, steel flat products, with or without patterns in relief, and which are neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal but whether or not annealed, painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances.
The products covered include:
The covered products described above may be rectangular, square, circular, or other shapes and include products of either rectangular or nonrectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling process, i.e., products which have been “worked after rolling” (for example, products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges.
For purposes of the width and thickness requirements referenced above:
Unless specifically excluded, products are included in this scope regardless of levels of boron and titanium. Steel products included in the scope of these investigations are products in which:
Unless otherwise specifically excluded, products are included in this scope regardless of levels of boron and titanium.
For example, specifically included within the scope of these investigations are vacuum degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free (IF)) steels, high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels, and the substrate for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized as low carbon steels with micro alloying levels of elements such as titanium and/or niobium added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements.
HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The substrate for motor lamination steels contains micro-alloying levels of elements such as silicon and aluminum.
The scope does not include:
The product is classified under the following HTS subheadings:
7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00. 60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00. 60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00. 15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 7188.8.131.52, 7184.108.40.206, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 7208.90.00.00, 7210.70.30.00, 7211.14.00.30, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00, 7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7220.127.116.11, 718.104.22.168, 722.214.171.124, and 7211.90.00.00.
Certain hot-rolled steel flat products covered by these investigations also enter under the following tariff numbers:
7225.11.00. 00, 7225.19.00.00, 7126.96.36.199, 7225.30.70.00, 7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7188.8.131.52, 7184.108.40.206, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 7226.91.70.00, and 7226.91.80.00. Subject merchandise may also enter under 7210.90.90.00, 7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, 7212.50.00. 00, and 7226.99.01.80.
Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive.”
Volume of Subject Imports between 2012-2015 (in short tons) from Turkey
Value of Subject Import under between 2012-2015 from Turkey:
AUV of Subject Imports (in USD/short tons) from Turkey
Turkish Producers/Exporters of Hot-Rolled Steel named in the Petition