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November 16, 2015
By Grace Lavigne

Commerce starts silicomanganese probe

NEW YORK - An anti-dumping duty investigation into silicomanganese imports from Australia has been initiated by the U.S. Commerce Department following a petition from Felman Production LLC, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated a parallel inquiry Feb. 19, with a preliminary injury determination due on or before April 6 (amm.com, Feb. 26).

If the ITC determines that there is a "reasonable indication that imports of silicomanganese from Australia materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry," then the investigation will continue, with Commerce scheduled to make its preliminary anti-dumping determination July 29, the ITA said. If the ITC's preliminary determination is negative, then the investigation will be terminated.

Parties in support of and in opposition to the investigation were set to present at a March 12 conference scheduled by the ITC's director of investigations, the ITC said in a late-February Federal Register notice.

Letart, W.Va.-based Felman recently filed the trade complaint 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. (amm.com, Feb. 19).

In 2014, imports of silicomanganese from Australia totaled 70,800 tonnes valued at approximately $76.9 million, according to the ITA.