NEW YORK Ukranian oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producer Interpipe Group and Houston-based subsidiary North American Interpipe Inc. have hit back at critical circumstance allegations filed recently by domestic OCTG producers, claiming that Ukranian producers had no knowledge that an anti-dumping case was imminent.
"While petitioners have pointed to vague and speculative claims of a rumored investigation of Korean or other Asian OCTG imports, petitioners have not found any evidence that an investigation was known to be pending with respect to OCTG from Ukraine," lawyers from Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, wrote on behalf of the company.
Domestic petitioners claimed that news reports and other sources tipped off foreign producers that a trade case was coming, leading them to step up their imports.
Interpipe counsel also noted that Ukranian OCTG imports actually fell in the three months after the filing, which occurred in early July, the typical timeframe used by the U.S. Commerce Department in determining critical circumstance claims.
OCTG imports from Ukraine of 21,802 tonnes from April to June fell 24.3 percent from 17,538 tonnes in July to September.
Domestic petitioners are arguing for a six-month timeframe in their critical circumstance claim (amm.com, Dec. 18).