ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Sep 2009In September 2009, the government of the United States initiated a new anti-subsidy and a new anti-dumping investigation.
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19 February 2016, U.S. International Trade Commission: https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2016/er0219ll563.htm
On September 16, 2009 the United States Steel Corporation and V&M Star, L.P. filed a petition seeking the imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of certain seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe imported from the People's Republic of China. According to the petitioners, U.S. imports of this merchandise from China increased from $119.6 million in 2006 to $381.9 million in 2008.
The petitioners identifed several Chinese programs that they alleged to provide countervailiable subsidies, such as economic development zones; grants, loans, and other export incentives; and export interest subsidies. In the public version of the petition, however, any estimates that the petitioners may have made regarding the dumping or subsidy margins have been redacted out for reasons of business confidentiality.
The product in question is related to, but different than, the oil country tubular goods (OCTG) exported by China that are subject to a separate investigation (see the GTA description of this measure). The petitioners allege that the conduct of that investigation may lead to an increase in imports of the pipes that are the subject of this latest petition insofar as the Chinese producers "recognize that their ability to export unfairly-traded OCTG to the United States may well be cut off for a long time into the future. Hence, these producers have an enormous incentive to ship unfairly-traded seamless pipe to the United States to fill the hole that the OCTG cases are creating in their ability to use their facilities to export OCTG to the United States." In other words, the petitioners argue that the actions being taken by U.S. producers in one segment of the steel pipe industry to impose restrictions on Chinese producers create a need to impose restrictions on imports in another segment of that industry.
The case ended with the imposition of orders when the U.S. International Trade Commission reached its final injury determination on October 15, 2010.
On February 19, 2016 the U.S. International Trade Commission renewed the existing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from China.