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April 06, 2015
Daniel Fitzgerald

ITC to proceed with probe of silicomanganese imports

NEW YORK — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will proceed with an investigation of silicomanganese imports from Australia after determining that there is a reasonable indication the domestic industry is being harmed.

The ITC's unanimous decision allows the U.S. Commerce Department to continue to investigate silicomanganese from Australia, with its preliminary anti-dumping duty determination due around July 29.

Letart, W.Va.-based Felman Production LLC filed a petition in response to what it called "large and increasing volumes of low-priced imports of silicomanganese" from Australia's only producer, Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Co. Pty Ltd. (amm.com, Feb. 19).

Imports of silicomanganese from Australia last year totaled 70,800 tonnes valued at approximately $76.9 million, according to Commerce.

Silicomanganese prices were assessed most recently in a range of 51 to 53 cents per pound.