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Borusan mill will replace US imports from Turkey, ITC told

Keywords: Tags  Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret, oil country tubular goods, OCTG, International Trade Commission, ITC, David L. Simon, Cayirova Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret, Toscelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi Thorsten Schier

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 Turkey’s 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, Istanbul’s Çayirova Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret AS and Hatay-based Tosçelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi AS. Full production at Borusan’s 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 (, July 25).

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