China pipe shipped via Indonesia to avoid duties

Mar 24, 2011 | 10:55 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Duty evasion, steel pipe, steel tube, trade case, Indonesia, China, Schagrin, SDB Trade AMM conference

HOUSTON — Chinese pipe is being shipped through Indonesia, where it is threaded and marked "Made in Indonesia," in an effort to avoid duties, perhaps in the United States, according to SDB Trade International LP founder, chairman and chief executive officer Dilip Bhargava.

Bhargava said he recently visited an Indonesian pipe mill that was looking to export to the United States, where his company is based. But when Bhargava arrived, he quickly noticed that the operation was not so much a pipe manufacturing plant as it was a threading shop. And it wasn’t making much, if any, Indonesian pipe.....

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