US weighs duties on Chinese steel grating

AP News
Posted: Dec 29, 2009 10:26 PM

The Commerce Department says it may impose anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese steel grating, saying it has been sold in the U.S. for up to 145 percent below its normal value.

Chinese companies have been assigned preliminary duties ranging from 14 percent to 145 percent, the department said. It said it would make a final ruling in April.

The department defined steel grating as two or more pieces of steel joined by any assembly process. Imports of steel grating from China rose over 500 percent by volume from 2006 to 2008, when they were valued at about $91 million, the department said.

China and the United States have simmering trade disputes over market access for goods ranging from steel pipes, poultry and tires to Hollywood movies.