AMM
American Metal Market

March 13, 2014
By Thorsten Schier

Russia concerned by US dumping probes 

NEW YORK - A Russian trade representative has expressed concern about the U.S. Commerce Department's dumping investigations into imports of ferrosilicon and grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) from Russia.

In a meeting with U.S. government officials, Yelena Danilova, director of the Americas Department at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, questioned whether the Commerce Department's investigations were following World Trade Organization rules and Article 6 of the general agreement on tariffs and trade, according to a memo filed by Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA).

Danilova singled out the mandatory respondent selection process in the ferrosilicon investigation for further criticism.

"While she acknowledged that the mandatory respondent the department had selected (RFA International LP) ... accounted for almost 99 percent of production, Danilova also expressed frustration that the department had declined to select (Mechel OAO's) Bratsk (ferroalloy plant) as a voluntary respondent," the ITA said.

In a preliminary decision, the ITA imposed no duties on ferrosilicon shipments from RFA International but levied a 27.27-percent margin on Venezuelan producers (amm.com, March 5). The final decision on imports from Russia are due May 20 and from Venezuela on July 18. 

The ITA has postponed to May 2 its preliminary determination in an anti-dumping duty investigation of GOES from seven nations, including Russia, at the request of the petitioners (amm.com, Feb. 27).