EU notifies WTO of potential counter-measures on certain US products

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has announced that the European Union (EU) has notified the WTO’s Council for Trade in Goods of its proposed suspension of concessions and other obligations that are substantially equivalent to the amount of trade affected by the measures imposed by the United States (US). Accordingly, the EU has stated that it reserves its right to take counter-measures against the US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. According... Read More

IREPAS in Warsaw: Confusion and uncertainty in the global market

The 78th meeting of IREPAS (International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association) was held in Warsaw, Poland on May 6-8, 2018. There were 117 producer representatives among the 320 registered delegates from 48 different countries. There were also 62 registrations representing 40 different raw material suppliers. At the opening of the conference, Murat Cebecioglu, chairman of IREPAS emphasized that there is obvious confusion and uncertainty in the... Read More

US ITC rules that wire rod from five countries injures the US steel industry

The United States International Trade Commission (US ITC) today determined that a US industry is materially injured by reason of imports of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom that the US Department of Commerce (US DOC) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of Italy and Turkey. As a result of the ITC’s affirmative determinations,... Read More

Decision on Section 232 exemptions delayed until June 1

U.S. President Trump will reportedly delay the decision whether to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on countries currently exempted from the Section 232 tariffs until June 1. The administration is expected to finalize deals with the European Union, Canada and Mexico, while reaching “agreements in principle” with Australia, Argentina and Brazil. The details of those agreements will be finalized in the next 30 days.  Read More

US DOC announced final decision on CVD review for Turkish rebar

The US Department of Commerce has announced final results of the administrative review on the countervailing duties (CVD) on Turkish rebar imports which were imposed in September 2014. The review covered the period between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Colakoğlu Metalurji and Icdas did not receive countervailable subsidies during the period of review, while the review for Agir Haddecilik and Habas was terminated as there were no entries... Read More

Short Range Outlook : April 2018

Confusion and uncertainty reign in global long products market There is obvious confusion and uncertainty in the global long steel products market triggered by the announcement of new tariffs on steel imports by President Trump as a result of the Section 232 investigation in the US, the subsequent exemptions from these tariffs, and the resulting safeguard investigation announced in the EU. Major exporters to the US – Canada, Mexico, Brazil,... Read More

Temporary exemptions to Section 232 tariffs will expire May 1

A report issued late Thursday by US Customs and Border Protection indicates that the temporary exclusions for US steel tariffs under Section 232 will expire as of May 1. Starting that day, all countries of origin will be subject to the 25 percent tariff on US steel imports. The tariffs are effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after March 23, 2018. Countries with temporary exclusions to the tariffs... Read More

US adds EU, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Korea to temporary tariff exemption list

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the European Union, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Korea will be temporarily excluded from the 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum under the Section 232 which is set to go into effect for all other countries Friday, March 23. According to media reports, Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee that the Trump administration would base exemptions on “a... Read More

US DOC issues final AD/CVD decisions for wire rod imports from five countries

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced its final determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from Italy, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the UK and countervailing duty investigations of the same imports from Italy and Turkey. Antidumping duty rates are as follows: Italy Ferriere Nord S.p.A.                    : 12.41% Ferriera Valsider S.p.A.             ... Read More

Trump signed proclamation authorizing 25 percent duty on imported steel

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation authorizing the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, while excluding Canada and Mexico and leaving the door open to sparing other countries on the basis of national security. Accordingly the U.S. will levy a 25 percent duty on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and the tariffs will take effect in 15 days. Trump’s authority to establish the tariffs stems from a Commerce Department investigation that... Read More

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