The U.S. Department of Commerce handed the domestic steel industry a modest win in January when it found evidence of dumping of imports of carbon steel flanges from India, Italy and Spain. The preliminary ruling set dumping margins ranging from about 8.6 percent in India to more than 200 percent in Italy against mandatory respondents Metalfar Prodotti Industriali and Officine Ambrogio Melesi due to their failure to respond to requests for comment. The ruling marks a win for Texas-based Boltex Manufacturing Co. and Illinois-based Weldbend Corporation.
Imports of the product from India, Italy and Spain were valued in 2015 at about $90.6 million, $31 million and $26.8 million, respectively. Commerce is expected to announce its final determination on or around April 12.