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March 14, 2016
By Carla Bridglal

ITC revokes duty vs. Australian silicomanganese

NEW YORK — Imports of silicomanganese from Australia do not injure the domestic industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled, reversing a decision last month by the Commerce Department to impose duties.

All six ITC commissioners voted against an injury determination. As a result, no anti-dumping duties will be imposed on the commodity, the agency said March 11.

Commerce last month found that the product was being imported into the United States below fair market value and imposed a 12-percent duty (amm.com, Feb 16).

A report containing the views and information developed during the investigation will be released April 27, the ITC said.

Felman Production LLC, a subsidiary of Miami-based Georgian American Alloys Inc., filed a petition against Australian silicomanganese produced by Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Co. Pty Ltd. (Temco), then a subsidiary of Anglo-American mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd., in February of last year.

“Felman Production is disappointed to learn that, after an affirmative finding of dumping by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a final determination that silicomanganese imports from Australia did not injure domestic producers, including Felman. We will not be in a position to discern the commission’s reasoning until the written determination issues later this month. At that time, we will carefully consider our options, including possible appeal.”

Temco could be reached for comment.

U.S. silicomanganese imports from Australia totaled 5,206 tonnes in January, down 46.4 percent from 9,719 tonnes the previous month (amm.com, March 9).

AMM's latest assessment pegged silicomanganese prices at 38 cents to 39 cents per pound.