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USITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS CONCERNING HOT-ROLLED STEEL FROM AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, JAPAN, NETHERLANDS, RUSSIA, SOUTH KOREA, TURKEY, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

October 21, 2022
News Release 22-117
Inv. No. 701-TA-545-546 and 731-TA-1291-1297, and 731-TA-808
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
USITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS CONCERNING HOT-ROLLED STEEL FROM AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, JAPAN, NETHERLANDS, RUSSIA, SOUTH KOREA, TURKEY, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing countervailing duty order on imports of hot-rolled steel from South Korea and the antidumping duty orders on imports of hot-rolled steel from Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the existing orders on imports of this product from Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom will remain in place. 

The Commission also determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty and countervailing duty orders on imports of hot-rolled steel from Brazil would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.  As a result of the Commission’s negative determinations, the existing orders on imports of this product from Brazil will be revoked.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative for the reviews involving Australia, Japan, , Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. For the review of hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Chairman Johanson and Commissioners Kearns and Karpel voted in the negative, and Commissioners Schmidtlein and Stayin voted in the affirmative.

Today’s action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.

The Commission’s public report Hot-Rolled Steel from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-545-546 and 731-TA-1291-1297 (Review), and 731-TA-808 (Fourth Review), USITC Publication 5380, October 2022) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

The report will be available by the end of November 2022; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.

 


 

BACKGROUND

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the USITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (USITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Commission’s institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review.  If responses to the USITC’s notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission’s prior injury and review determinations, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Australia, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were instituted on September 1, 2021.

On December 6, 2021, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. For Australia, Brazil, Japan, Turkey, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was adequate and voted for full reviews. For Russia and South Korea, Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for full reviews.

A record of the Commission’s vote to conduct full reviews is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.  Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

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