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Mexico, China Hit with Duties on Fabricated Structural Steel

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The U.S. Commerce Department has instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect duties on importers of fabricated structural steel products from Mexico and China. The ruling was based on preliminary determinations following a countervailing duty investigation.

The Department launched investigations into products from the two countries and Canada. In the China and Mexico investigations, Commerce made affirmative determinations, finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies at rates ranging from 30.30 to 177.43 percent, and 0.01 to 74.01 percent, respectively.  

In the Canada investigation, Commerce made a negative determination, finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies at de minimis levels ranging from 0.12 to 0.45 percent.

In 2018, imports of fabricated structural steel from Canada, China, and Mexico were valued at an estimated $722.5 million, $897.5 million and $622.4 million, respectively.

The American Institute of Steel Construction was the petitioner in the investigation.

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final CVD determinations by Nov. 19. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations, the U.S. International Trade Commission will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations by Jan, 2, 2020. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations in these investigations, and the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue CVD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations, or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.