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Cliffs, USW File Petitions on Tin, Chromium

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Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers have partnered to file antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against eight countries, alleging unfairly traded tin and chromium coated sheet steel products. The petitions seek the imposition of antidumping duties on U.S. imports of tin mill products from Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The petitions also seek the imposition of countervailing duties on U.S. imports of tin mill products from China.

"The United States is still the largest importer of steel in the world, despite being the most environmentally friendly steel producing nation. As our filing shows, there has been a significant surge in unfairly priced tinplate imports flooding the United States over the past two years, and we cannot let this persist,” said Lourenco Goncalves, Cleveland-Cliffs' chairman, president and CEO. “We welcome competition with any and all imported steel as long as our U.S. trade laws are respected, and we will use all the tools at our disposal to remedy the situation.”

Tin mill products are used primarily for packaging applications, particularly for canned food, among many others. Cleveland-Cliffs produces tin mill products at its Weirton, W.Va., operating facility and sells approximately 300,000 net tons per year, approximately two percent of total company steel sales volume.


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