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.
for some 60.3 percent of all U.S. output of the
productargue 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
Bristols 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
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
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
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 didnt
respond to AMMs requests for comment while
Schaumberg, Ill.-based Outokumpu Stainless Pipe declined to