July 17, 2008
News Release 08-071
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-449 and 731-TA-1118-1120 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

LIGHT-WALLED RECTANGULAR PIPE AND TUBE FROM CHINA, KOREA, AND MEXICO INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of light-walled rectangular pipe and tube from China that are the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and imports of those products from China, Korea, and Mexico that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, Vice Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun, Charlotte R. Lane, and Irving A. Williamson voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of these products from China and antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China, Korea, and Mexico.

The Commerce Department previously made affirmative critical circumstances determinations with regard to certain imports of this product from China. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative injury determination today are required to find whether these imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders Commerce will issue. All five participating Commissioners made negative findings with regard to critical circumstances in this investigation. As a result, the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States from China prior to January 30, 2008, the date of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube form China, Korea, and Mexico (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-449 and 731-TA-1118-1120 (Final), USITC Publication 4024, July 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after August 18, 2008, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or by contacting the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from China, Korea, and Mexico
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-449 and 731-TA-1118-1120 (Final)

Product Description: The product covered by these investigations is certain welded carbon- quality light-walled steel pipe and tube, of rectangular (including square) cross section, having a wall thickness of less than 4 mm. The subject merchandise is provided for in subheading 7306.61 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Types of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners:  Allied Tube and Conduit, Harvey, IL; Atlas Tube, Plymouth, MI; Bull Moose
      Tube, Inc., Chesterfield, MO; California Steel and Tube, City of Industry, CA; EXL
      Tube, Kansas City, MO; Hannibal Industries, Los Angeles, CA; Leavitt Tube
      Company LLC, Chicago, IL; Maruichi American Corporation, Sante Fe Springs, CA;
      Searing Industries, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Southland Tube, Birmingham, AL; Vest
      Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Welded Tube, Concord, Ontario (Canada); and Western Tube
      and Conduit, Long Beach, CA. 
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  June 27, 2007.
4. USITC hearing:  April 11, 2008.
5. USITC vote:  July 17, 2008. 
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  July 28, 2008.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. producers:  28.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois,
      Indiana,  Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon,
      Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. 
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2007:  973.
4. U.S. producers' shipments (excluding exports) in 2007:  579,559 short tons valued at
      $504.1 million.
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2007:  894,973 short tons valued at $730.5 million.
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports from China, Korea, and Mexico to U.S. apparent
      consumption in 2007: (1)  
   
                    
U.S. Imports in 2007:              
1. Quantity of subject imports:  (1)
2. Value of subject imports:  (1)

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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