NEW YORK The United States move to crack down on green tube manufactured in China but processed in third countries is a good first step, according to two Ohio senators, applauding a preliminary ruling by the Commerce Departments International Trade Administration (ITA).
"The ... ruling defends companies like U.S. Steel (Corp.) who work hard and play by the rules. Import duties ensure others do the same, so we can continue to build things and create jobs in Ohio and the United States," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said in a statement.
"This preliminary ruling to crack down on foreign companies who attempt to circumvent the laws on the books and in turn put Ohios businesses and workers at risk is a step in the right direction," Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) added.
The ITA earlier this week issued a preliminary determination that seamless unfinished oil country tubular goods manufactured in China and finished in third countires is within the scope of U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders (amm.com, June 5). The ruling applies only to certain grades and value-added processes.
Comments on the preliminary decision are due June 24, with rebuttal comments due July 5, AMM has been told. A final decision is expected by Sept. 30.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel did not return a request for comment.