NEW YORK The construction of an oil country tubular goods (OCTG) mill in Baytown, Texas, by Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret AS will remove about 85 percent of Turkeys exports of the products to the United States, according to a pre-hearing brief filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) on a recently filed dumping complaint.
"As Borusan accounts for some 85 percent of imports from Turkey, this will effectively remove 85 percent of Turkish imports from the marketplace when the investment comes fully on stream," lawyers from Washington-based law firm David L. Simon wrote on behalf of two Turkish producers, Istanbuls Çayirova Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret AS and Hatay-based Tosçelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi AS. Full production at Borusans plant is expected in July 2014, according to the filing.
Other Turkish producers do not have a large OCTG capacity and some cited in the trade case do not actually make the product. "Thus, there is no reason to believe that Turkey has sufficient capacity to threaten the domestic industry with material injury in the imminent future," the lawyers wrote.
A Texas congressman recently asked the ITC to take the mill into account during its investigation (amm.com, July 25).