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By David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 The U.S. International Trade
Commission handed another victory to American steelmakers on
Monday, affirming most of the recent anti-dumping and
anti-subsidy duties on hot-rolled flat steel imports from
Australia, Brazil, Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea
The commission rejected anti-subsidy duties of about 6
percent against hot-rolled steel from Turkey, but affirmed
anti-dumping duties of about 6 to 7 percent against Turkish-made
The vote locks in import taxes on the affected products for
five years. The duties are among a series of U.S. actions aimed
at fighting a glut of steel imports as China's economy slows and
demand remains weak elsewhere.
Earlier on Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department levied
anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties of about 64 percent to
nearly 77 percent on certain Chinese-made stainless steel sheet
and strip products
China's Commerce Ministry said the move had been met with
"strong dissatisfaction" by China's steel industry, and the
government would take all necessary measures to protect the
sector's rights. It did not elaborate on what that may entail.
The ITC vote affirmed final anti-subsidy duties of 3.9 to
11.3 percent against most steelmakers in Brazil and South Korea,
but top Korean steelmaker POSCO and Daewoo
International Corp face anti-subsidy duties of about 57 percent.
The highest anti-dumping taxes of 34.3 percent were imposed
against Brazil's Usiminas, with all other Brazilian
producers facing 33.1 percent margins and just over 11 percent
The Brazilian government has threatened to challenge U.S.
duties before the World Trade Organization in a separate case
involving cold-rolled steel imports.
Britain's Tata Steel UK will pay U.S. anti-dumping
duties to of about 33 percent, while Tata Steel's Netherlands
operations faces final dumping duties of 3.73 percent.
Used in automotive applications, construction, tubing and
heavy machinery, hot-rolled steel imports from the seven
countries more than doubled to nearly $2 billion last year, with
the largest share, about $650 million, coming from South Korea.
(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by
Richard Chang and Peter Cooney)