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AD/CV Notices: Steel Pipe, PET Film

Friday, November 18, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New AD/CV Investigations of Welded Steel Pipe. The International Trade Administration announced Nov. 15 its initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from India, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. Alleged dumping margins range from 22.88% to 48.43% for India, 2.89% to 19.33% for Oman, 6.23% to 11.71% for the UAE, and 20.47% to 27.96% for Vietnam.

The pipes covered by these investigations have an outside diameter not more than 16 inches, regardless of wall thickness or surface finish or industry specification. Subject pipe is generally known as standard pipe, fence pipe and tube, sprinkler pipe, and structural pipe, although it may also be referred to as mechanical tubing if it is made to standard sizes for subject standard pipe. The investigations do not cover boiler tubing, finished electrical conduit, finished scaffolding, tube and pipe hollows for redrawing, oil country tubular goods produced to API specifications, line pipe produced to only API specifications, and certain mechanical tubing.

The ITA notes that there is an existing AD duty order on certain steel pipe from India. As a result, the scope of the new India AD duty investigation covers only merchandise manufactured and/or exported by Zenith Steel Pipes and Industries Ltd. and any successors-in-interest to that company.

The International Trade Commission is scheduled to make its preliminary AD and CV injury determinations on or about Dec. 12. If the ITC’s determinations are affirmative, the ITA’s investigations will continue, with preliminary CV and AD duty determinations scheduled for January and April 2012, respectively.

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