New AD/CV Duties Sought on Pressure Pipe from India
A petition filed Sept. 30 alleges that imports of circular welded austenitic stainless pressure pipe not greater than 14 inches in outside diameter from India is being sold at less than fair value and benefits from countervailable subsidies. The alleged dumping margin is 27.39 percent.
The pressure pipe covered by this petition is of circular cross‐section, produced in relatively few standard sizes, designated by nominal diameter and wall thickness, and designed for use with standard pipe fittings. Pressure pipe is used to convey fluids at high temperatures, high pressures or both and is thus is used by industries such as petrochemicals, manufacturing, chemical fluid handling and water treatment. The subject pipe is produced to exact outside diameters and wall thicknesses and to the ASTM A‐312 and A‐778 or similar foreign or domestic specifications.
The subject goods are normally classified in HTSUS subheadings 7306.40.5005, 7306.40.5040, 7306.40.5062, 7306.40.5064 and 7306.40.5085. They may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 7306.40.1010, 7306.40.1015, 7306.40.5042, 7306.40.5044, 7306.40.5080 and 7306.40.5090.
Excluded from the scope are (1) welded stainless mechanical tubing meeting ASTM A–554 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications; (2) boiler, heat exchanger, superheater, refining furnace, feedwater heater and condenser tubing meeting ASTM A–249, ASTM A–688 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications; and (3) specialized tubing meeting ASTM A-269, ASTM A–270 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications.
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.