The U.S. International Trade Commission found grounds to continue an investigation into U.S. whether China and six other countries have been dumping cold-rolled steel in the United States.

The Netherlands escaped further scrutiny.

A ruling is expected by Sept. 25 in a similar case involving hot-rolled steel, another major product made at Northwest Indiana's mills. U.S. Steel Gary Works, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor and U.S. Steel's Midwest Plant in Portage all make hot-rolled and cold-rolled products.

The ITC determined China, Brazil, India Japan, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom have been dumping cold-rolled steel flat products at less than fair value. The board also concluded the governments of Brazil, China, India, Korea and Russia have been subsidizing their steelmakers, enabling them to sell steel in the United States for less than what they sell it for in their domestic markets.

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ITC board members also voted to end an investigation into Dutch steel dumping.

ArcelorMittal USA, U.S. Steel, Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics and other major domestic steelmakers filed a trade case complaining that eight countries were dumping cold-rolled steel products that are used in cars, appliances, shipping containers, construction products and electrical equipment. In all, more than 10,900 steelworkers in the United States manufacture such products.

The U.S. Department of Commerce will now continue the investigation on imports from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the UK. Last year, those countries sent an estimated $1.2 billion worth of cold-rolled products to the United States, capturing an estimated 9.3 percent of the market.

A preliminary determination on countervailing duties is expected on Oct. 21, and a similar ruling on antidumping tariffs should take place on Jan. 4.


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.