BURSA, Turkey Turkish steel pipe exports are expected to reach 1.7 million tonnes in 2012, despite facing a range of anti-dumping measures and investigations in Europe and North America.
At the beginning of the year, the European Union opened a case against imports of square and rectangular hollow sections from Turkey, Ukraine and Macedonia. Shortly after, Canada launched its own investigation into imports of steel pipes from the United Arab Emirates, India, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Oman and Turkey. The United States has also looked to curb the import of underpriced Turkish product, and many expect domestic mills may bring a trade petition against overseas energy tubular producers in early 2013.
The Canadian case was closed in favor of Turkey in November, but decisions from the other countries will still take some time, Mehmet Zeren, general secretary of Turkish association for steel pipe manufacturers Cebid, told AMM sister publication Steel First.
"The case opened by the E.U. has passed the research stage," he said. "We hope this case will also closed without any precautions and in favor of Turkey."
"A similar case, opened in 2008, was closed after the European companies withdrew their complaints," he added.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.