NEW YORK Domestic tube and pipe producers have urged the
office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to
vigorously defend a Commerce Department decision
rejecting Chinas request to set up a dispute settlement
panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about subsidy
duties on nonmarket economies.
The law and the agency determinations at issue are not
inconsistent with the WTO obligations of the U.S. Rather they
speak to the careful efforts of the United States to comply
fully with its WTO obligations, the letter said.
It was filed on behalf of Allied Tube & Conduit Corp.,
Harvey, Ill.; IPSCO Tubulars Inc., Downers Grove, Ill.; JMC
Steel Group, Chicago; Western Tube & Conduit Corp., Long
Beach, Calif.; Wheatland Tube Co., Sharon, Pa.; and the United
Steelworkers union by Roger Schagrin, an attorney at
Washington-based Schagrin Associates and Gilbert Kaplan of
Washington-based law firm King & Spalding LLP.
China called for the panel following a decision by President
Obama in March that subsidy duties can be applied to nonmarket
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). China has argued this could
lead to the imposition of both countervailing and anti-dumping
duties on its products imported to the United Sates and
therefore double counting.
The letter contends that such double-counting has
There is no evidence on the record of these
investigations that the imposition of double remedies actually
occurred, the lawyer wrote.
The filers were all petitioners in the antidumping and
countervailing duty investigations of circular-welded
carbon-quality steel pipe from China, according to the letter.
China has previously said that the U.S. government has launched
more than 30 countervailing duty investigations against its
productsincluding steel pipe, oil country tubular goods
and aluminum extrusionsaffecting more than $7.3 billion
in Chinese goods since 2006 (
amm.com, Nov. 30