New AD/CVD Petition Targets Structural Steel From Canada, China and Mexico

By Pacific Customs Brokers, Pacific Customs Brokers 2019-02-04

February 4th, 2019 - A petition was filed simultaneously with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC) by the American Institute of Steel Construction alleging that fabricated structural steel from Canada, China and Mexico is being sold into the U.S. at less than fair market value.


The petition outlines the following dumping margins:

  • Canada - 31.46%
  • China - 218.85%
  • Mexico - 41.39%


The scope of the products included in the petition include Carbon and Alloy (including Stainless) Steel products

  • Angles
  • Columns
  • Beams
  • Girders
  • Plates
  • Flange shapes
  • Channels
  • Hollow structural section shapes
  • Base plates
  • Plate-work components
  • Other steel products that have been fabricated for assembly or installation into a structure.


Some of the fabricating processes include:

  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Welding
  • Joining
  • Bolting
  • Bending
  • Punching
  • Pressure fitting
  • Molding
  • Adhesion


Fabricated Structural Steel is typically used in the construction of buildings, industrial and utility projects, parking decks, arenas and convention centers, medical facilities and ports, transportation and infrastructure facilities.


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The petition excludes:

  • Fabricated steel concrete reinforcing bar under certain conditions
  • Fabricated structural steel for bridges and bridge sections
  • Pre-engineered metal building systems
  • Steel roof and floor decking systems


Next steps: (Note: Dates listed below based on normal circumstances without consideration of lawfully requested extensions)

  • February 24, 2019 - Deadline for the Department of Commerce (DOC) to Initiate an investigation and forward the findings to the International Trade Commision (ITC)
  • March 21, 2019 - Deadline for the ITC to complete the preliminary phase of the investigation to determine if it is likely there has been injury to the U.S. industry. If they find that injury has occurred, they will forward the petition to the Department of Commerce
  • April 30, 2019 - Deadline for the completion of the preliminary investigation by the DOC for Countervailing (CVD) measures. - Anticipated date preliminary CVD duties begin
  • July 14 2019 - Deadline for the completion of the preliminary investigation by the DOC for Antidumping (ADD) measures - Anticipated date preliminary ADD duties begin
  • September 27, 2019 - Deadline for Final determination by the DOC - findings forwarded to the ITC for review and final determination.
  • November 11, 2019 - Deadline for Final determination by the ITC and initiation of final AD Rate. (August 28th, 2019 in the case of CVD Rates)

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