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OCTG producers allege Filipino import surge

Jan 08, 2014 | 01:53 PM |

Tags  Philippines OCTG, oil country tubular goods, critical circumstances, anti-dumping, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — U.S. producers of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) have filed "critical circumstances" allegations against producers in the Philippines.

And similar to a recent critical circumstances filing against imports from India, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam (, Dec. 18), attorneys representing domestic OCTG producers said the U.S. Commerce Department’s typical time frame for critical circumstances cases should be expanded because Filipino producers knew a trade case was likely.

"In the present case, subject importers and foreign exporters and producers clearly had reason to believe that an anti-dumping or countervailing duty proceeding was likely long before the filing of the petition in July 2013," the lawyers wrote in documents filed with Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Filipino OCTG exports to the United States from May through October—the time frame proposed by U.S. producers—jumped 83.1 percent to 46,082 tonnes from 25,162 tonnes in November 2012 through April 2013, according to the filing.

"This volume increase meets the department’s regulatory definition of massive," the lawyers wrote.

Commerce ordinarily considers imports in the three months before and after the filing of a trade petition in deciding a critical circumstances application, which could lead to the imposition of anti-dumping duties on shipments made 90 days prior to the preliminary determination.

The department’s preliminary determinations in the anti-dumping cases against imports from nine countries are due Feb. 13.

Commerce recently agreed with a critical circumstances claim by domestic producers of stainless pressure pipe against shipments from Malaysia (, Dec. 31).

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