China, UAE pipe firms deny evasion claim

Jul 12, 2011 | 12:07 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Hilong, AlMansoori Hilong Petroleum Pipe, Commerce Department, International Trade Administration, Rotary Drilling Tools, Texas Steel Conversions, VAM Drilling USA, Alexander Chae Michael Cowden

TORONTO — Chinese energy services company Hilong Group and a partner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have denied allegations that they transshipped drill pipe to the United States via the UAE.

The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to decide by the end of this month whether to launch a probe into the allegations. A spokesman for Commerce’s International Trade Administration said the decision likely would be made by July 29 but public confirmation might not come until early August.

Texas Steel Conversions Inc. and VAM Drilling USA Inc., both of Houston, and Rotary Drilling Tools, Beasley, Texas, filed a request for a duty circumvention investigation in mid-June.....

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