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GENEVA (AP) _ The World Trade Organization on Friday faulted U.S. ``antidumping'' procedures in a steel dispute with India, but the United States welcomed the mixed ruling as upholding key sections of the U.S. trade laws.

A panel appointed by the body that sets rules on international trade issued its findings in a dispute over the United States' February 2000 imposition of duties on steel plate from India.

The U.S. response could result in a lowering of the antidumping duties, which now exceed 70 percent. Dumping is when an importer sells a product below cost.

Either country can appeal the decision. As it stands, the WTO ruling leaves it to the United States to figure out how ``to bring its measures into conformity'' with trade rules. The panel said it decided against accepting India's proposal that it order Washington to redo its calculations.

U.S. officials said they would review the decision thoroughly before deciding whether to appeal. No one was immediately available for comment at the Indian trade mission Friday evening.

The ruling stemmed from India's complaint that the Commerce Department had failed to consider information submitted by the Indian company involved, Steel Authority of India Ltd., or SAIL.

The WTO panel said the United States broke WTO rules by dismissing Indian price data.

The United States maintains it was ``unable to obtain usable information'' from the Indian producer and had to use U.S. sources in determining the antidumping duties.

In Washington, U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick welcomed the ruling as finding that ``key sections of our antidumping and countervailing duty laws are consistent with WTO rules,'' but he said in a statement that Washington did not agree with all of WTO's findings.

The United States, however, conceded that the panel found fault with the way it determined the amount to charge by basing it on ``facts available,'' which may include the claims made by U.S. companies.