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 Departments International Trade
The letter was
presented by a Korean delegation at a meeting with U.S.
government officials to discuss certain aspects of the
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
amm.com, July 17), but the meeting eventually took
place, with only two permissible issues discussed.
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
Commerce was expected
to decide by July 22 whether to initiate an investigation, but
the decision has not yet been released.