The U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously to issue a countervailing duty order and an antidumping duty order on imports of welded stainless pressure pipe from China.
Four U.S. producers,Bristol
Metals L.L.C.,Felker Brothers Corp.,Outokumpu Stainless Pipe Inc.,Marcegaglia USA
Inc., and the United Steelworkers (USW) applauded the results of today’s
unanimous affirmative final injury vote by the U.S. International Trade
Commission with regard to the antidumping and countervailing duty case on
imports of welded austenitic stainless steel
pressure pipe from China.
president of Bristol Metals L.L.C. said, “Today’s decision is welcome and
affirms what we have said for some time and that is the Chinese government
subsidized a massive expansion of both their stainless flat rolled and pipe
capacity which resulted in unfair trade practices that injured our company and
workers. This decision sends a strong signal that our government is committed
to enforcing the trade laws to allow this industry the ability to continue to
compete in the market here and abroad and most importantly ensures that our
workers are able to stay on the job.”
The products subject to the petition are
primarily ASTM A-312 or A-778 specifications using grade 304 or 316 stainless
sheet. They are used as a conduit for liquids or gases under high pressure in
the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food processing, energy, brewery,
automotive and paper industries.
Imports from China increased from 13,993
tons in 2005 to 31,766 tons in 2007 with a value of $160 million. They are
believed to have taken approximately 30 percent of the U.S. market. The imports
declined to less than 7,000 tons in 2008 after the filing of the antidumping
and countervailing duty petitions on January 30, 2008.
David Cornelius, president of
Marcegagalia USA said, “In these challenging economic times, this decision
reaffirms our support for the trade laws and also sends a strong message
throughout the global trade arena that the U.S. will enforce its trade laws.”
The DOC made final subsidy and
dumping determinations in January, 2007 with margins ranging to 55 % for
dumping and 298 % for subsidies.
Leo W. Gerard, USW president, said,
“Today’s determination by the Commission against illegal stainless steel pipe
imports from China is desperately needed to preserve American family supportive
jobs. The USW and the companies who employ our members will continue to
vigorously battle these Chinese unfair trade practices.” Gerard added,
“We urge Congress and the White House to take further action against
Chinese unfair trade practices, like currency manipulation.”
Roger B. Schagrin, a Washington, D.C.,
trade attorney, was counsel to the petitioners.
“This is my fourth case on pipe and tube imports from China in the past year,”
he said. “In 2008, 3.1 million tons of steel pipe and tube entered from China,
almost two-thirds of total steel imports from China. We have now obtained
orders against imports of circular welded steel pipe, welded small diameter
line pipe, light-walled rectangular tubing from China and now stainless steel
pipe. The DOC and ITC are doing their jobs in enforcing the trade laws and
American industry and workers.”