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USITC Votes To Continue Cases On Certain Welded Line Pipe From Korea And Turkey

November 26, 2014
News Release 14-119
Inv. No. 701-TA-524-525 and 731-TA-1260-1261 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes To Continue Cases On Certain Welded Line Pipe From Korea And Turkey

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations on imports of this product from Korea and Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about January 9, 2015, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 25, 2015.

The Commission's public report Certain Welded Line Pipe from Korea and Turkey (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-524-525 and 731-TA-1260-1261 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4505, December 2014) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 29, 2014. After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:



Certain Welded Line Pipe from Korea and Turkey
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-524-525 and 731-TA-1260-1261 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Line pipe subject to these investigations is a welded circular pipe product, made of carbon or alloy steel (other than stainless steel) not more than 24 inches (609.6 millimeters) in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, length, surface finish, end finish, or stenciling. The most common application for subject line pipe is used in oil and gas pipelines for the gathering, transmission, and distribution of oil and gas. Line pipe in this instance is normally produced in conformance with the American Petroleum Institute's API 5L specifications, but can also be produced to comparable foreign specifications.


Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.   Petitioners: American Cast Iron Pipe Company, Birmingham, AL; EnergeX, a division of
          JMC Steel Group, Chicago, IL; Maverick Tube Corporation, Houston, TX;
          Northwest Pipe Company, Vancouver, WA; Stupp Corporation, Baton Rouge,
          LA; Tex-Tube Company, Houston, TX; TMK IPSCO, Houston, TX; and Welspun
          Tubular LLC USA, Little Rock, AR. 
4.   Commission's conference: November 6, 2014.
5.   USITC vote: November 26, 2014. 
6.   USITC determinations: December 1, 2014.
7.   USITC views: December 8, 2014. 

U.S. Industry:

1.   Number of producers in 2013: Thirteen. 
2.   Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas,
          Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas. 
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2013: 1,864 
4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 2013: $2.59 billion
5.   Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2013: 46.5 percent

U.S. Imports:

1.   From the subject countries during 2013:  $654.5 million.
2.   From other countries during 2013:  $551.4 million.
3.   Leading sources during 2013: Korea, Mexico, Japan and United Kingdom (in terms of
          total value).
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