July 10, 2013

U.S. Steelmakers File OCTG Antidumping Petitions
 
A group of U.S. steelmakers has filed antidumping petitions with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission alleging unfair trade of oil country tubular goods products from nine countries. The petitioners are also seeking countervailing duties on certain OCTG products from two countries.

The petitions were filed against India, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. Additionally, the countervailing duties were asked against products from India and Turkey.

The petitions were filed by Boomerang Tube; Energex Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group; Maverick Tube Corp.; Northwest Pipe Co.; Tejas Tubular Products; TMK IPSCO; U.S. Steel Corp.; Vallourec Star, L.P.; and Welded Tube USA Inc.

"Imports from these countries have surged by 111 percent in the past few years, and the petitioners feel that these imports have caused material injury to the domestic steel industry," says Thomas Gibson, president of the Washington-based American Iron and Steel Institute, a trade association representing U.S. mills. "We applaud these domestic steel companies for taking a stand and we urge the DOC and ITC to take a hard look and provide antidumping and countervailing duty relief for our industry."

In recent years, the volume of OCTG imports from the subject countries soared from 840,313 net tons in 2010 to 1,771,320 net tons in 2012, according to AISI. In the first quarter of this year, 425,987 net tons of imports entered the U.S. market from these countries.

The trade group representing foreign mills, the Falls Church, Va.-based American Institute for International Steel, criticized the filings, calling them "overkill" and claiming trade actions could cause unwarranted disruption to the energy industry.

AIIS says the oil and gas market has been one of the bright spots of the U.S. economy, with the U.S. moving toward energy independence and creating thousands of jobs in the process. Companies involved in oil and gas drilling need high-quality, dependable suppliers of OCTG products, and imports remain an important part of the supply that gets the job done, says AIIS President David Phelps. "AIIS believes that the current law will quickly determine that the vast majority of the targets of this massive filing have been responsible suppliers to the U.S. market."

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