Steel producers face anti-dumping lawsuits
More suits are being filed every month in the midst of fierce competition
HAØ NOÄI — A recent rise in antidumping lawsuits in the local steel industry has steelmakers worried.
Statistics from the Vieät Nam Steel Association (VSA) show that in the first eight months of the year, steel exports were 41 per cent higher than in the same period last year, reaching 4.5 million tonnes worth US$2.99 billion.
The ASEAN region remains the biggest market for Vietnamese steel. Cambodia accounted for the largest portion of Vieät Nam’s total steel exports at 34.9 per cent, followed by Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.
However, the association said the domestic industry faced fierce competition from imported steel and anti-dumping lawsuits from importers.
According to the Trade Remedies Authority of Vieät Nam under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the sector faced 10 such lawsuits in August. Steel has always been the most prosecuted industry with eight lawsuits per month.
The Thai Ministry of Commerce extended a safeguard measure for non-alloy and non-coil coated steel sheets for the second time. The EU has applied provisional safeguards in its investiga- tion of three Vietnamese steel products. The Malaysian Ministry of Industry and Trade has initiated anti-dumping investigations for certain iron and steel products made of ore imported from China and Vieät Nam.
In addition, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) is investigating unsubsidised steel products imported from Vieät Nam due to suspected tax evasion.
Economists said the rising number of lawsuits was unavoidable as Vieät Nam’s economy had integrated into the regional and world economies.
However, the fact that familiar ASEAN markets such as Thailand and Malaysia also initiated lawsuits was a worry for Vieät Nam’s steel industry.
For this reason, the MoIT was supporting steelmakers in inves-
tigations while helping them improve competitiveness and stop relying on imported materials.
In addition, steel producers should keep close tabs on the whole production process to be able to disprove accusations of evading taxes. — VNS
A production line at the Thaùi Nguyeân Iron and Steel Corporation. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoaøng Nguyeân