An End to Zeroing: Fact Or Fiction?

On February 14, 2012, the Department of Commerce (DOC) published a final regulation that will change significantly its method of calculating antidumping duties in annual administrative reviews of antidumping duty orders, by eliminating in most cases a practice known as “zeroing.” This change is significant to importers because it will likely result in lower dumping margins in most administrative reviews than under the DOC’s current calculation method, and in some cases may eliminate antidumping duty margins altogether. While the new policy on its face may appear to be detrimental to U.S. companies being injured by imports, the DOC has left the door open for the DOC to continue to use zeroing in some as-of-yet undefined situations.

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