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Chinese steel sheets fail product test

A local steel manufacturing company said Monday galvanized iron and pre-painted steel sheets imported from China failed to meet product standards set by International Standards Organization.

Puyat Steel Inc. said tests conducted by the Philippine Metals Industry Research and Development Center showed that galvanized coatings for some of Chinese steel products “are so low that they are not even half of the ISO standards which is being followed by most countries.”

It said samples of galvalume and GI products from China were found to have coating mass of only 27g/m2 and 66g/m2, or way below the ISO level of 90g/m2 for galvalume and 100g/m2 for GI sheets.

Puyat Steel general manager Enrique Chuidian said products with low coating level tended to rust within two years.

Puyat Steel earlier asked the government to impose safeguard duty on Chinese GI and pre-painted galvanized iron products to protect the local industry from unfair, subsidized competition from China and protect the consumers from unnecessary expenses stemming from the use of cheap but poor-quality Chinese steel roofings.

The petition is still being reviewed by the Trade Department.

Other Asean countries and Australia also filed either safeguard or anti-dumping petitions against Chinese steel roofing products, according to Puyat Steel.

 Indonesia imposed a 12.5-percent duty on galvalume and petitioned for safeguard protection from Chinese aluminum zinc coated Steel while Thailand imposed an anti-dumping duty of 26.22 percent on Chinese zinc alloy coated steel and 42.88 percent on Chinese PPGI products.

Malaysia has a 30-percent import duty on galvalume and GI sheets while Australia has a 32-percent import duty on Chinese flat steel sheets.

Chuidian said the Philippines should act swiftly on the safeguard petition as the continued and unhampered entry of subsidized and poor-quality Chinese roofing was hurting the local steel manufacturing sector and deceived consumers into purchasing priced products.

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