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Heavy plate - HP 2020 IN
Notice of initiation of investigation

Ottawa, May 27, 2020

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an investigation, on May 27, 2020, under the Special Import Measures Act respecting the alleged injurious dumping of certain hot-rolled carbon steel heavy plate and high-strength low-alloy steel heavy plate from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, and Turkey. The investigation follows a complaint filed by Algoma Steel Inc.

The subject goods are usually imported under the following tariff classification numbers:

The product definition as well as additional product information are contained in Appendix 1.

Additional information about the investigation will be available in a Statement of Reasons that will be available within 15 days on the CBSA’s website at:

Officers’ names and contact information:


Appendix 1

Product definition

The subject goods are defined as:

Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate not further manufactured than hot-rolled, heat-treated or not, in cut lengths, in widths greater than 72 inches (+/- 1829 mm) to 152 inches (+/- 3,860 mm) inclusive, and thicknesses from 0.375 inches (+/- 9.525 mm) up to and including 4.5 inches (+/- 114.3 mm) (with all dimensions being plus or minus allowable tolerances contained in the applicable standards), but excluding:

  • plate in coil form,
  • plate having a rolled, raised figure at regular intervals on the surface (also known as floor plate), and
  • plate originating in or exported from the Republic of Korea which is covered by the Tribunal’s Finding in NQ-2013-005.

For greater certainty, the subject goods include steel plate which contains alloys greater than required by recognized industry standards, provided the steel does not meet recognized industry standards for an alloy-grade steel plate.

Additional product information

Plate is produced to specific grades and standardizations. These grades and standardizations are used for specific end-uses. Common standardizations include American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). For example, ASTM/ASME A36, A283, A573 or A709 may be used for structural plate, which is used in a variety of construction applications. Plate meeting A515 and A516M/A516, grade 70 is used for the construction of pressure vessels, which hold gasses or liquids at high pressure.

Pressure vessel quality plate may be vacuum degassed to achieve desired characteristics, in particular low sulfur, low carbon, low gaseous levels (H2, N2, 02), improved cleanliness and improved ferro alloy recovery. Such characteristics may be used in sour service applications and applications requiring hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) resistance low temperature fracture toughness.

Some of these gauges and specifications, as well as specific lengths and widths, command an price extra.

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