The U.S. Department of Commerce has released the preliminary determinations of its investigations into imports of tin mill products, which are used for food product cans. As a result of the antidumping duty investigations, the DOC has found that products from the People’s Republic of China, Canada, and Germany are being unfairly priced and dumped in the U.S., resulting in preliminary duties of 122.5% being suggested for the Chinese products, while Canada and Germany face possible duties of 5.29% and 7.02%, respectively, on their tin mill products.
The investigations found that imports of tin mill products from the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom are not being dumped.
Following its preliminary determinations, the DOC will conduct in-person audits of the information companies submitted as part of the investigations. The affected companies will have the opportunity to comment on the preliminary determinations, which will be considered for the department’s final determinations. The final determination for China is scheduled for October 31, while final determination for the other countries is expected to take place on or around January 8, 2024.
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The DOC conducted the investigations to gain insights into the behavior of foreign producers of tin mill products and to hold them accountable for any unfair trade practices. The department took a careful approach based on the particular circumstances presented by each company and the governing provisions of U.S. law.
If the DOC makes affirmative final determinations of dumping, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will determine whether the domestic industry has been materially harmed, or threatened by material injury, by the unfairly traded imports.