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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Heavy Walled Rectangular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Korea, Mexico, and Turkey

September 3, 2015
News Release 15-090
Inv. No. 701-TA-539 and 731-TA-1280-1282 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Heavy Walled Rectangular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Korea, Mexico, 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 heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Korea, Mexico, and Turkey that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and allegedly subsidized by the government of Turkey.

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 these products from Korea, Mexico, and Turkey, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about October 14, 2015, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about December 28, 2015.

The Commission’s public report Heavy Walled Rectangular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Korea, Mexico, and Turkey (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-539 and 731-TA-1280-1282 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4563, September 2015) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after October 5, 2015.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Heavy Walled Rectangular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Korea, Mexico, and Turkey
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-539 and 731-TA-1280-1282 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The products covered by these investigations are certain heavy walled rectangular welded steel pipes and tubes of rectangular (including square) cross section, having a nominal wall thickness of not less than 4 mm. The merchandise includes, but is not limited to, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) A 500, grade B specifications, or comparable domestic or foreign specifications.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations: Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners: Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group (Chicago, Illinois), Bull Moose Tube Company (Chesterfield, Missouri), EXLTUBE (North Kansas City, Missouri), Hannibal Industries, Inc. (Los Angeles, California), Independence Tube Corporation (Chicago, Illinois), Maruichi American Corporation (Santa Fe Springs, California), Searing Industries (Rancho Cucamonga, California), Southland Tube (Birmingham, Alabama), and Vest, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: July 21, 2015.
4. Commission’s conference: August 11, 2015.
5. USITC vote: September 3, 2015.
6. USITC determinations due: September 4, 2015.
7. USITC views due: September 14, 2015.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 2014: Thirteen.
2. Location of producers’ plants: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, and Wyoming.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2014: 1,110.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2014: $1.8 billion.
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2014: 19.7%.

U.S. Imports:
1. From subject countries during 2014: $158 million.
2. From other countries during 2014: $202 million.
3. Leading sources during 2014. Canada, Korea, Mexico, Turkey.

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