NEW YORK The
Commerce Departments International Trade Administration
(ITA) has turned down a request by the South Korean embassy in
Washington to discuss issues related to a trade case filed
against producers of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from the
Asian nation and eight other countries prior to a July 22
decision on whether to initiate an investigation.
The embassy wanted to
clarify the scope of companies to be individually investigated,
the issue of targeted dumping and the alleged injury to the
domestic industry, Richard Weible, ITA director of anti-dumping
and countervailing duty investigations and reviews, wrote in a
commercial attache (Sung Jun) Choi that any discussion of the
matters raised in Koreas suggested agenda at a time prior
to the departments decision whether to initiate an
anti-dumping investigation on OCTG would violate U.S. law, and
therefore would not be acceptable topics of discussion at this
time," Weible said.
Korea, which has a
free-trade agreement with the United States, offered to send a
delegation comprised of members from its Ministry of Trade,
Industry and Energy as well as its Ministry of Foreign Affairs
to a potential meeting with the department, according to an
e-mail sent to Weible by Choi attached to the filing.
Commerces decision, the ITA can only discuss "inquiries
regarding the status of the administering authoritys
consideration of the petition" or "issues dealing with the
establishment of industry support," according to the
Weible said the agency
would be able to discuss the issues after the ITA decision on
whether to initiate an investigation.
Choi could not be
reached for comment.