US imposes high duties on steel wire rod imports from Turkey

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The U.S. International Trade Commission said on May 1 that carbon and alloy steel wire rodimports from five countries, including Turkey, were hurting U.S. producers, locking in duties of up to 147.63 percent on the products for five years.

The ITC’s final finding affects imports of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Turkey, Italy, South Korea, Spain and Britain that the U.S. Commerce Department said in March were being dumped in the U.S. market. At that time, it had announced duties pending a final ITC decision.

Wire rod is a hot-rolled intermediate steel product used in a variety of goods.

The action was spurred by petitions last year from Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc of Florida, a unit of Metalurgica Gerdau SA, Nucor Corp of North Carolina, Keystone Consolidated Industries of Texas and Charter Steel of Wisconsin.

In 2016, imports of wire rod from Turkey, Italy, South Korea, Spain and Britain were estimated at $41.4 million, $12.2 million, $45.6 million, $40.7 million and $20.5 million, respectively.

The companies that will be affected by the decision include Ferriere Nord of Italy, POSCO of South Korea, and Spain’s Global Steel Wire, CESLA Atlantic, Compania Espanola de Laminacion, and ArcelorMittal Espana, a unit of ArcelorMittal.

British Steel Ltd and Longs Steel UK Ltd will also be impacted, as will Turkey’s HABAŞ Sınai ve Tıbbi Gazlar İstihsal Endüstrisi A.Ş. and İÇDAŞ Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım Sanayi A.Ş.

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