NEW YORK Ten senators led
by Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Rob Portman (R., Ohio) have
endorsed a letter urging the U.S. Commerce Department to
"extend all efforts" to better enforce anti-dumping and
countervailing duties on Chinese shipments of oil country
tubular goods (OCTG).
"These orders have been
undermined by a variety of schemes designed to weaken them,"
the senators said in the letter. "Chinese actions will result
in further injury to thousands of American workers and
businesses as well as the weakening of U.S. trade law."
Brown had alleged last year that
Chinese exporters sometimes mislabel OCTG shipments and reroute
them through other countries in order to deceive customs
The two Ohio senators who
garnered support for the letter cited the threat that Chinese
OCTG shipments pose to jobs in their state.
"The oil country tubular steel
industry supports hundreds of good-paying Ohio jobs that are
vulnerable to unfair trade practices carried out by the
Chinese, including currency manipulation and duty evasion,"
Brown said in a statement.
Companies producing oil country
tubular goods in Ohio include JMC Steel Group Inc. in
Brookfield, U.S. Steel Corp. in Lorain, V&M Star in
Youngstown and Wheatland Tube Co. in Warren.
The United States imported
266,127 tonnes of oil country tubular goods in October, up 8.4
percent from 245,537 tonnes in the same month last year,
although imports from China slid to 707 tonnes from 2,060
tonnes in the same comparison.