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U.S. Department Of Commerce To Initiate
Administrative Review Of Stainless Steel
Cooking Ware From Korea

March 19, 2002

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a notice that they will conduct an "administrative review" of several Korean companies who export stainless steel cooking ware from Korea to the United States. The purpose of this review is to determine whether a new and possibly higher antidumping (ADD) duty rate should be applied to each Korean manufacturer under review. This review is being initiated as a result of a request by the attorneys for the U.S. domestic producers of stainless steel cooking ware, who are seeking a higher ADD duty rate.

Antidumping questionnaires will now be sent from Commerce to the named Korean manufacturers, who must respond to the questionnaires within strict time deadlines. It is important that responses to the Commerce questionnaires be accurate, complete, and timely filed.

The responses are utilized by Commerce to determine the antidumping duty rate of the exporter/manufacturer. Often, high antidumping duty rates can be reduced by providing comprehensive data that is responsive to the Commerce questionnaire, and by understanding how to present and explain the data so that Commerce will calculate dumping margins properly.

The area of antidumping duties is a difficult and a complicated one, and planning your strategy carefully and well in advance is essential and involves coordination between the importer and the foreign supplier. Professional advice should be obtained with regard to responding to an antidumping questionnaire. Our law firm is familiar with antidumping cases involving cooking ware. Specifically, we were successful in reducing the antidumping duties for a Chinese exporter from 66.21% to zero in the antidumping order of Porcelain-On-Steel Cookware from China. In addition, we are fortunate to be associated with a former Commerce Department analyst, who worked in the antidumping section at Commerce.

If you would like the names of the Korean exporters/manufacturers who are involved in the Commerce review, please advise us. Further, if you have an interest in this issue, we can provide the necessary legal assistance in responding to these questionnaires and potentially lower the ADD rate. Finally, if you have any questions on the issues raised in this newsletter, please contact Stephen S. Spraitzar at (415) 288-0427, or by email at


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