Vietnamese steel garment hangers exported to the US might be subject to anti-dumping duties as high as 188 per cent, according to the Viet Nam Competition Authority under the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade.
HA NOI —
Under the US Department of Commerce (DOC)'s preliminary determination which was revealed last Friday, the tariff imposed on Vietnamese steel hangers ranged between 135.81 – 187.51 per cent, while the figures for similar products from Taiwan were only between 69.98 and 125.43 per cent.
Specifically, Vietnamese mandatory respondent TJ Group received a preliminary dumping margin of 135.81 per cent, while the South East Asia Hamico Export Joint Stock Corporation had a 187.51 per cent rate imposed.
Three other exporters were subject to a rate of 135.81 per cent, and all other steelmakers in Viet Nam received a preliminary dumping margin of 187.51 per cent.
Also last Friday, the DOC announced its preliminary findings from the antidumping investigation into utility-scale wind towers from China and Viet Nam.
In particular, Vietnamese mandatory respondents CS Wind Corporation and CS Wind Viet Nam Co received a preliminary dumping margin of 52.67 per cent, while other producers and exporters were dutied a higher rate of 59.91 per cent.
The DOC is scheduled to make its final assessment in December 2012.
Last year, Viet Nam exported US$32 million worth of steel hangers to the US while wind-tower products shipped to the market hit $79 million, according to statistics from the DOC's International Trade Administration.
To date, Vietnamese companies have faced more than 31 cases relating to anti-dumping, anti-subsidies and other protective measures, according to the Viet Nam Competition Authority.
Two-thirds of the anti-dumping lawsuits related to 15 leading export items, and three-quarters were from 10 major export markets including the US and the EU. —VNS