NEW YORK Nine
countries cited in a recent oil country tubular goods (OCTG)
anti-dumping and countervailing trade case filed by domestic
producers accounted for 53.5 percent of all U.S. imports of the
product during the first half of the year, according to figures
from Commerce Departments Import Administration.
from the nine countriesSouth Korea, India, Thailand, the
Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and
Vietnamtotaled 747,115 tonnes, out of total U.S. imports
of nearly 1.4 million tonnes for the period.
The lions share
of imports came from South Korea (419,964 tonnes) and India
(65,300 tonnes), while Thailand finished the list with the
smallest total of 8,198 tonnes.
U.S. mills filed the
petition with Commerce and the International Trade Commission
earlier this month (
amm.com, July 2). It is one of the largest trade
cases to have been filed this century, according to one
industry source (
amm.com, July 10).
Department is expected to decide whether to initiate each of
the nine anti-dumping and two countervailing cases by July 22,
which an industry source said should be "pro-forma."
The ITC, meanwhile, is
holding a preliminary conference with participants in the case
in Washington July 23 and is expected to make a decision in
mid-August on whether there is a reasonable indication of
material injury or threat to the domestic injury, sources
A preliminary decision
in the case is expected from the Commerce Department by early
December, while a final decision from the ITC and subsequent
final orders from the department are likely to be made in April
2014, though sources have said that because of possible
extensions of some steps in the process due to the size and
complexity of the case, the final order by the department could
come more than a year from the date of filing.