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Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

July 19, 2021
News Release 21-091
Inv. No. 731-TA-1528 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of seamless refined copper pipe and tube from Vietnam that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from Vietnam. 

The Commission’s public report Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and tube from Vietnam (Inv. No. 731-TA-1528 (Final), USITC Publication 5216, August 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation. 

The report will be available by August 23, 2021; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam
Investigation No. 731-TA-1528 (Final)

Product Description:  All seamless circular refined copper pipes and tubes, including redraw hollows, greater than or equal to 6 inches (152.4 mm) in actual length and measuring less than 12.130 inches (308.102 mm) in actual outside diameter (OD), regardless of wall thickness, bore (e.g., smooth, enhanced with inner grooves or ridges), manufacturing process (e.g., hot finished, cold-drawn, annealed), outer surface (e.g., plain or enhanced with grooves, ridges, fins, or gills), end finish (e.g., plain end, swaged end, flared end, expanded end, crimped end, threaded), coating (e.g., plastic, paint), insulation, attachments (e.g., plain, capped, plugged, with compression or other fitting), or physical configuration (e.g., straight, coiled, bent, wound on spools). This description includes seamless refined copper pipe and tube produced or comparable to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) ASTM-B42, ASTM-B68, ASTM-B75, ASTM-B88, ASTM-B88M, ASTM-B188, ASTM-B251, ASTM-B251M, ASTM-B280, ASTM-B302, ASTM-B306, ASTM-B359, ASTM-B743, ASTM-B819, and ASTM-B903 specifications and meeting the physical parameters described therein, but excludes seamless circular hollows of refined copper less than 12 inches in actual length whose actual OD exceeds its actual length.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  American Copper Tube Coalition (Mueller Group, Collierville, TN, and Cerro Flow Products LLC, Sauget, IL).
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (subsequently cancelled).
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Monday, July 19, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, August 5, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

1.   Number of responding U.S. producers:  6.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
3.   Production and related workers:  2,208.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $1.7 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $2.3 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  9.1 percent of value.

U.S. Imports in 2020:

1.   Subject imports:  $209 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $370 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Vietnam, Canada, Korea, Mexico, Thailand, and Greece.

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