Association Pledges Action For Domestic Steel Firms In Tax Evasion Accusation

14 October 2016

Sua told the Vietnam News Agency that the association will collaborate with enterprises and State management agencies to assure that appropriate measures meet all international regulations.

The Viet Nam Competition Authority reported that, on September 27, four US steelmakers filed a case against Vietnamese exporters, claiming that they sold cheap steel imported from China to avoid anti-dumping and countervailing duties slapped on Chinese products.

The authority, under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, identified the US companies as ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation, United States Steel Corporation, and AK Steel Corporation.

They submitted the case to the US Department of Commerce (DOC), asking this agency to launch anti-dumping and countervailing investigations into cold rolled steel (CRS) imports from Viet Nam.

The authority said the United States levied an anti-dumping tax rate of 199.76 per cent and a countervailing tax rate of 256.44 per cent on CRS imports from China last May.

This came after the United States probed CRS imports from China, Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom in August 2015.

The US companies said that since the duties were imposed, the volume of CRS from China to the United States had sharply declined, while the quantity of similar products from Viet Nam to this market had significantly increased.

The firms said they had sufficient evidence proving that Chinese CRS products had been exported to Viet Nam before they were shipped to the United States.

According to US regulations, the DOC will consider whether to investigate the case within 45 days and issue a final decision within 300 days after collecting all testimony.

Meanwhile, Sua, from the steel association, said that while the DOC has yet to release an official decision, many US entrepreneurs have ceased orders for Vietnamese CRS products, and this has caused difficulties for many domestic steel firms.

Lai Quang Trung, head of the Viet Nam Steel Corporation's market planning department, said the companies which faced obstacles in exporting products would have to seek other means to boost sales in the local market.

As domestic production capacity currently exceeds local demand for steel, price competition might occur and impact on business operations of enterprises, he said.

In the meantime, the steel association recommended its member companies sharpen their competitiveness by improving the quality of products, reducing production costs and upgrading production technology.


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