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S. Korea asks US for fairness in OCTG probe

Keywords: Tags  oil country tubular goods, OCTG, International Trade Administration, ITA, anti-dumping, Francisco J. Sanchez, Richard Weible, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — South Korea has submitted a letter asking U.S. Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade Francisco J. Sanchez for a "fair and objective investigation" should the department initiate an investigation into oil country tubular goods (OCTG) imports at the request of U.S. producers.

It is the first anti-dumping petition to be filed against Korea since the signing of a free-trade agreement between the two countries and "the Korean government and business community are paying close attention to the proceedings of this case," deputy trade minister Choi Kyonglim wrote in the letter filed with the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration.

The letter was presented by a Korean delegation at a meeting with U.S. government officials to discuss certain aspects of the case.

The ITA initially rebuffed a request for a meeting, stating that it could not discuss some of the issues the Korean government was looking to address (, July 17), but the meeting eventually took place, with only two permissible issues discussed.

"Korean officials noted that there were some additional issues they wanted to discuss, such as respondent selection, but were informed that those issues could only be raised after the department makes a determination on whether or not to initiate an (anti-dumping) investigation," Richard Weible, ITA director of anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews, wrote in the filing.

Commerce was expected to decide by July 22 whether to initiate an investigation, but the decision has not yet been released.

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