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BaoSteel and users in US challenges US Steel trade complaint with ITC

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Bloomberg reported that Baoshan Iron & Steel Co has urged a US trade agency to reject a complaint filed by US Steel to block imports from China. Baosteel’s American unit said in a May 11 filing with the US International Trade Commission in Washington that “Never before has a single company sought to use this agency to erect what would be a total blockade of steel trade from an entire country.”

Baosteel said that those types of allegations, even if true, should be addressed between trade officials of the two countries, not through a process that’s usually used for patent-infringement cases. It said a victory for US Steel would have profound and long-lasting adverse effects on economic relations between the US and China.

Baosteel’s submission was one of more than a dozen filed either in favor or against US Steel’s complaint. Hunan Valin Steel Co, another Chinese manufacturer named in the case, said US Steel’s actions are not a campaign against individual private entities but a campaign against the Chinese government itself.

The complaint pits steel makers against some US packaging companies who say they can’t get the products they need from domestic suppliers. Some of Baosteel’s customers and distributors, including Ball Metal Food Container LLC, Coastal Pipe USA LLC and the Allstate Can Corp also asked the ITC not to institute an investigation of the complaint. Allstate said “If new products developed by Baosteel are blocked for importation into the United States, it will cause harm to our economy and to the public health and safety of the public, as these products are not being developed by the domestic tin plate producers.”

USSteel filed the complaint on April 26, claiming that Chinese steel products are being made using stolen technology obtained by government hackers, and accusing the Chinese companies of anti-competitive pricing and sending shipments through intermediaries to skirt US restrictions.
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