The U.S. Department of Commerce said Tuesday it has decided to impose antidumping duty on imports of steel reinforcement bar from Japan after concluding that it was sold at unfair prices in the United States.
Following the final decision reached by the department, Japanese exporters, including Jonan Steel Corp. and Kyoei Steel Ltd., could face antidumping duty from 206.43 percent to 209.46 percent, the department said.
The duties will be imposed following the backing of the independent U.S. International Trade Commission, which is conducting a parallel investigation on whether the U.S. producers have been harmed by steel rebar imports from Japan. Its decision is expected on or before June 29.
“The United States can no longer sit back and watch as its essential industries like steel are destroyed by foreign companies unfairly selling their products in the U.S. markets,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
Advocating “America First” trade policy, U.S. president Donald Trump has vowed to address what he says are unfair trade practices of U.S. trading partners and to reduce U.S. deficits.