New AD and CV Duties Sought on Certain Steel Pipe and Tube from Turkey, Mexico and Korea
A petition filed July 21 alleges that imports of heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Turkey, Mexico and Korea are being sold at less than fair value and that imports from Turkey benefit from countervailable subsidies. This product is typically used as support for construction or load-bearing purposes in construction, transportation, farm and material handling equipment. The subject merchandise is provided for in subheading 7306.61.1000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.
The alleged dumping margins are 96.5% to 108.6% for Turkey, 23.4% for Mexico and 79.8% for Korea.
The proposed scope of this investigation covers certain welded carbon steel pipes and tubes of rectangular (including square) cross section, having a wall thickness of not less than 4 mm, not threaded and not otherwise advanced. Included products are those in which (1) iron predominates by weight over each of the other contained elements; (2) the carbon content is 2% or less by weight; and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity by weight respectively indicated:
- 2.50% of manganese, or
- 3.30% of silicon, or
- 1.50% of copper, or
- 1.50% of aluminum, or
- 1.25% of chromium, or
- 0.30% of cobalt, or
- 0.40% of lead, or
- 2.0% of nickel, or
- 0.30% of tungsten, or
- 0.80% of molybdenum, or
- 0.10% of niobium (also called columbium), or
- 0.30% of vanadium, or
- 0.30% of zirconium.
The International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.