Essar Steel applauds continuation of anti-dumping duties against China, Brazil and Ukraine, countervailing duties against India on hot-rolled steel sheet

Essar Steel Algoma Inc. applauds the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (CITT) decision August 12 to renew its dumping finding against China, Brazil and Ukraine and its subsidization finding against India with respect to hot-rolled steel sheet and strip. This decision from the CITT ensures that duties on imports from these four countries will remain in place for another five years.

The CITT’s finding of likely resumed injury follows a decision by the Canada Border Services Agency that resumed dumping is likely from China, Brazil and Ukraine and resumed subsidization is likely from India if duties are removed. Imports of hot-rolled sheet from the three countries are subject to duties equal to 77 percent of the export price of the goods. Imports of hot-rolled sheet from India are subject to duties of 3,150 Indian rupees per metric ton.

Due to unfair trade practices, hot-rolled sheet imports from these countries have been subject to duties in Canada since August of 2001. The decision from the CITT marks the third time these duties have been renewed.

Essar Algoma CEO Kalyan Ghosh commented on the ruling: “Algoma has been successfully serving the Canadian market for over 100 years. However, we cannot compete against government-funded exporters that dump steel in our market. While today’s decision is a positive development for Canada’s steel industry, we remain very concerned about the continued presence of unfairly traded steel in the Canadian market. We are especially concerned in light of the ongoing proceedings against hot-rolled sheet from various countries in the United States, which could divert higher volumes of dumped steel into Canada.”

Ghosh added, “We will remain vigilant in monitoring and addressing the threat that unfairly traded hot-rolled sheet poses to our company’s viability and to jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and Canada more broadly.”

Maritime Editorial