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.
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
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