White House rally presses for '421' relief vs. China pipe imports

Dec 14, 2005 | 09:34 AM | Scott Robertson

Workers and congressional leaders from pipe-producing states are gathering in Washington Thursday to urge President Bush to approve Section 421 action that would stem the flow of Chinese standard pipe into the United States.

The President is scheduled to decide whether to grant relief under Section 421 by Dec. 30. An International Trade Commission (ITC) recommendation that relief be granted is scheduled to be delivered to the White House on Thursday.

The ITC issued an affirmative determination Oct. 3 that imports of standard pipe from China caused severe market distortion to the domestic industry (AMM, Oct. 5). The United Steelworkers union and seven producers of standard pipe filed the trade case during the summer, noting that Chinese shipments of standard pipe to the United States surged to 270,000 tons in 2004 from about 10,000 tons in 2002, and are expected to total around 350,000 tons this year (AMM, Aug. 3).....

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