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ITA chooses some respondents in OCTG case

Keywords: Tags  OCTG, oil country tubular goods, International Trade Association, ITA, Borusan Istikbal Ticaret, Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi, Borusan Group, HLD Clark Steel Pipe Tension Steel Industries

NEW YORK — The Commerce Department’s International Trade Association (ITA) has chosen Borusan Istikbal Ticaret TAS and Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS, both subsidiaries of Borusan Group, as the two respondents for Turkey in an anti-dumping and countervailing case against oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from nine countries.

Due to a lack of resources, the ITA typically chooses two respondents deemed to be the largest producers and exporters of a product instead of analyzing all producers in a country to be investigated, according to the filing and market sources.

Responses from the two Turkish producers to a questionnaire sent out by the ITA are due in mid- to late-September.

Turkish companies have argued that Istanbul-based Borusan’s plan to build an OCTG mill in Baytown, Texas (, Feb. 6), will effectively remove 85 percent of Turkish OCTG shipments to the United States, negating any future Turkish threat to the domestic industry (, July 30).

Meanwhile, sources told AMM that HLD Clark Steel Pipe Co. and Toyota Tsusho Corp. have been chosen as respondents for the Philippines and Chung Hung Steel Corp. and Tension Steel Industries Co. Ltd. as respondents for Taiwan, although official documents have not yet been released.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently decided there is a reasonable indication that OCTG imports are injuring the domestic industry. Commerce is set to make preliminary decisions in a countervailing case against India and Turkey by Sept. 25 and the anti-dumping case against India, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam by Dec. 9 (, Aug. 16).

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