WASHINGTON Feb 20 The U.S. Commerce Department
on Thursday rejected part of a complaint about imports of steel
concrete reinforcing bars from Turkey but is still considering
whether the bars were sold at unfairly low prices.
The department said the bars, used to strengthen concrete
structures, had not been made using subsidies which unfairly
benefited foreign companies.
A separate ruling is due in April on whether the bars were
sold in the United States at below-market prices, after a
complaint from companies including Nucor Corporation,
Gerdau Ameristeel US, Commercial Metals Company, Cascade
Steel Rolling Mills, and Byer Steel Group.
A majority of the commissioners at the U.S. International
Trade Commission voted in November that there was a "reasonable
indication" that U.S. manufacturers were injured by imports from
Turkey and Mexico.
In 2013, imports of steel concrete reinforcing bars from
Turkey were valued at approximately $381.3 million, the Commerce