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Stainless pipe trade case filed vs. 3 nations

Keywords: Tags  stainless pressure pipe, antidumping action, International Trade Commission, ITC, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam Bristol Metals LP

NEW YORK — Bristol Metals LP, Felker Brothers Corp. and Outokumpu Stainless Pipe Inc. on May 16 filed a trade petition with the U.S. Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking imposition of anti-dumping duties against welded stainless pressure pipe, in outside diameters of less than 14-inch, from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The petitioners—accounting for some 60.3 percent of all U.S. output of the product—argue that the material is being sold into the U.S. market at "less than fair value," materially injuring or threatening to injure the U.S. industry.

"Because these are commodity products, this has had a negative impact on our sales volumes and forced us to decrease our selling prices, which lowered Bristol’s financial results as demonstrated in recent earnings reports," Kyle Pennington, president of Bristol, Tenn.-based Bristol Metals, said in a statement.

In 2012, imports of the product from Malaysia were 5,926 net tons; from Thailand, 6,722 tons; and from Vietnam, 4,627 tons; all at discounted per-ton values to those seen in 2011, the filing said.

The petition alleges dumping margins of 15 to 17 percent for Malaysia, 13 to 15 percent for Thailand, and 70 to 71 percent for Vietnam, according to Bristol Metals, a subsidiary of Spartanburg, S.C.-based Synalloy Corp.

The ITC will hold a hearing on the filing June 6 and make a preliminary determination prior to July 1, while the preliminary dumping determination from Commerce is due Dec. 12, Bristol Metals said.

The action marks the third steel-related trade case this year, after just one filing in 2012.

U.S. producers other than the petitioners are identified as Marcegagalia USA Inc., Munhall, Pa.; Alaskan Copper & Brass Co., Kent, Wash.; RathGibson LLC, Janesville, Wis.; and Webco Industries Inc., Sand Springs Okla.

The product is used in digester lines, blow lines, petrochemical lines, pharmaceutical lines, stock lines, the brewery process, transport lines, general food processor lines, automotive paint lines and paper process machines, according to the filing.

Felker Brothers didn’t respond to AMM’s requests for comment while Schaumberg, Ill.-based Outokumpu Stainless Pipe declined to comment.

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