August 10, 2007
News Release 07-082
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-449 and 731-TA-1118-1121 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of light-walled rectangular pipe and tube from China that are allegedly subsidized and imports of that product from China, Korea, Mexico, and Turkey that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Shara L. Aranoff and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun and Irving A. Williamson made affirmative threat determinations with respect to all investigations. Chairman Daniel R. Pearson made affirmative threat determinations with respect to China, Korea, and Turkey and a negative determination with respect to Mexico. Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane made affirmative present material injury determinations with respect to all investigations. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations of imports of light-walled rectangular pipe and tube from China, Korea, Mexico, and Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about September 20, 2007, and its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about December 4, 2007.

The Commission's public report Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from China, Korea, Mexico, and Turkey (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-449 and 731-TA-1118-1121 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3941, August 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after September 10, 2007, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from China, Korea, Mexico, and Turkey
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-449 and 731-TA-1118-1121 (Preliminary)

Product Description:

The imported product subject to 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.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Allied Tube and Conduit, Harvey, IL; Atlas Tube, Plymouth, MI; Bull Moose
      Tube Inc., Concord, Ontario (Canada); California Steel and Tube, City of Industry, CA;
      EXLTUBE, Kansas City, MO; Hannibal Industries, Los Angeles, CA; Leavitt Tube Co.,
      Chicago, IL; Maruichi American Corp., Santa 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.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  June 27, 2007.
4.  Commission's conference:  July 18, 2007.
5.  USITC vote:  August 10, 2007.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  August 13, 2007.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2006:  22.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois,
      Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio,
      Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2006:  651.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2006:  $911,691,000.
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. producers' shipments to total U.S. consumption in 2006: 
      67.3 percent. 

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject countries during 2006:  $220,021,000.
2.  From other countries during 2006:  $78,437,000.
3.  Leading sources during 2006:  Mexico, Canada, China, Turkey, and Korea (in decreasing
      order of total value).

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