WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department launched a probe Tuesday into alleged dumping by several foreign steel producers accused of undercutting America’s domestic industry.
U.S. officials said seven nations were involved in underpricing some $2 billion worth of steel: Australia, Brazil, South Korea, the Netherlands, Britain, Japan and Turkey.
Japanese producers were selling hot-rolled steel flat products into the United States at 16% under the market prices while producers from Turkey discounted their steel by one-third.
South Korea is the largest supplier of cold-rolled flat steel to the United States, exporting $678.8 million worth last year.
The probe was brought on behalf of major U.S. steel producers that have been hit with competition from cheaper imports as the global steel industry endures a supply glut, mainly due to China’s downturn.
The Commerce Department said it would reach a preliminary determination on the probe by Sept. 25, and could set anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties beginning as early as November.
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