August 13, 1999
News Release 99-111
Inv. No. 731-TA-846-850 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON CERTAIN SEAMLESS CARBON AND ALLOY STEEL STANDARD, LINE, AND PRESSURE PIPE FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN, MEXICO, ROMANIA, AND SOUTH AFRICA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain small diameter seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from the Czech Republic, Japan, Romania, and South Africa, as well as imports of certain large diameter seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Japan and Mexico, that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the affirmative with respect to both small diameter pipe and larger diameter pipe.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct antidumping investigations of imports of certain small diameter seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from the Czech Republic, Japan, Romania, and South Africa, as well as imports of certain large diameter seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Japan and Mexico, with its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about December 7, 1999.

The Commission's public report Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from the Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Romania, and South Africa (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-846-850 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3221, August 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after September 13, 1999, by calling 202-205- 1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe
from the Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Romania, and South Africa
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-846-850 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products subject to these investigations are small diameter (less than or equal to 4.5 inches in outside diameter) and large diameter (greater than 4.5 inches up to and including 16 inches in outside diameter) seamless carbon and alloy (other than stainless) steel standard, line, and pressure pipes and redraw hollows.(1)

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners: Koppel Steel Corp., Beaver Falls, PA; Sharon Tube Co., Sharon, PA;  U.S. Steel Group,
      Fairfield, AL; USS/Kobe Steel Co., Lorain, OH; and Vision Metals' Gulf States Tube Div.,
      Rosenberg, TX.(2)
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: June 30, 1999.
4. USITC staff conference: July 21, 1999.
5. USITC vote: August 13, 1999.
6. USITC notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: August 16, 1999.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers of seamless carbon and alloy steel pipe: Small diameter, 7; large diameter, 4;
      both products, 8.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1998: 545.
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports)  in 1998:  
      Small diameter: 127,312 short tons, valued at $101,107,000.
      Large diameter: 211,884 short tons, valued at $139,573,000.
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 1998:   
      Small diameter: 273,809 short tons, valued at $199,160,000.
      Large diameter: 377,816 short tons, valued at $283,212,000.
6. Ratio of subject imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 1998:  
      Small diameter: By quantity, 30.5 percent; by value 29.0 percent.
      Large diameter: By quantity, 31.6 percent; by value, 35.2 percent.

U.S. Imports:
1. From the subject countries during 1998:  
      Small diameter: 84,116 short tons, valued at $54,667,000.
      Large diameter: 121,113 short tons, valued at $92,128,000.
2. From other countries during 1998:  
      Small diameter: 63,283 short tons, valued at $39,844,000.
      Large diameter: 67,777 short tons, valued at $52,895,000.

(1) The Czech Republic, Japan, Romania, and South Africa are subject to investigation with respect to small diameter pipe. Japan and Mexico are subject to investigation with respect to large diameter pipe.

(2) Koppel, Sharon, and Vision metals are petitioners with respect to small diameter pipe only.

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