NEW YORK The domestic
tube and pipe industry will file trade cases when it is assured
of more success, according to one trade lawyer.
"I would say cases will be filed
when it is appropriate and when the industry believes it can
win the cases by an overwhelming predominance. These cases are
time-consuming and expensive, and the worst thing is to lose,"
Roger Schagrin, an attorney at Washington-based Schagrin
Associates, told participants at AMMs 6th annual
Steel Tube and Pipe Conference in Houston.
This follows recent speculation
that a trade case against South Korean producers of oil country
tubular goods (OCTG) is imminent, after executives at a number
of large tube and pipe makers intimated last year that a filing
was upcoming (
amm.com, Jan. 16).
Schagrin pointed to the
industrys record of vigorously defending itself when it
believes it has been injured by unfairly traded imports. "There
have been more cases on pipe and tube products than any steel
product over the last 25 years," he said.
Schagrin has advocated for a
greater focus on declining market sharenot just falling
profit marginsin determining injury to the domestic
market in trade cases.
"We have to make it clear that
if youre losing market share, thats injury," he