Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico
• On February 26, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of fabricated structural steel from Canada, China, and Mexico.
• The AD and CVD laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with a transparent, quasi-judicial, and internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the market-distorting effects caused by injurious dumping and unfair subsidization of imports into the United States, establishing an opportunity to compete on a level playing field.
• For the purpose of AD investigations, dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its fair value. For the purpose of CVD investigations, a countervailable subsidy is financial assistance from a foreign government that benefits the production of goods from foreign companies and is limited to specific enterprises or industries, or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods.
• The petitioner is the American Institute of Steel Construction Full Member Subgroup (Chicago, IL).