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Accused made up 53.5% of 1st-half OCTG imports

Keywords: Tags  OCTG, ITC, Commerce Department, OCTG imports, trade case, Thorsten Schier

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 Department’s Import Administration.

First-half imports from the nine countries—South Korea, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam—totaled 747,115 tonnes, out of total U.S. imports of nearly 1.4 million tonnes for the period.

The lion’s 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 (, July 2). It is one of the largest trade cases to have been filed this century, according to one industry source (, July 10).

The Commerce 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 said.

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.

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