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Senators call for OCTG duty enforcement

Keywords: Tags  oil country tubular goods, OCTG, anti-dumping, countervailing, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Commerce Department, samuel frizzel

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 officials.

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.

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