LONDON At least
five South Korean oil country tubular goods (OCTG) mills have
asked the Commerce Department to be considered as respondents
for the country in an anti-dumping case filed in early July by
domestic producers against nine countries, including South
The South Korean
government has also thrown its weight behind the applications,
asking the Commerce Department to consider as many Korean mills
as possible in the investigation.
"Considering that the
Korean companies represent the largest share of OCTG imported
into the U.S. in 2012, it would only be fair that a majority of
the Korean companies are selected as respondents of the
investigation so that they could duly defend their interests,"
a representative from the countrys Ministry of Foreign
Affairs wrote in a letter to Commerce.
AJU Besteel Co. Ltd.,
Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd., SeAH Steel Corp., Nexteel Co. Ltd. and
Iljin Steel Corp., the only producer and exporter of seamless
OCTG in South Korea, have all requested to be respondents in
the case, with AJU Besteel, Hyundai Hysco and Nexteel asking to
be mandatory respondents based on their shipping volumes to the
United States, according to filings with the Commerce
application for voluntary response in the case has been
supported by Trident Steel Corp., a St. Louis-based OCTG
distributor, and green tube processor Tubular Services LLC,
Houston, according to the documents.
SeAHand by extension its employees, customers and all of
those they supportbased on conduct by other South Korean
companies would be fundamentally unjust," Trident owner and
president Kevin Beckmann wrote in a letter to the
SeAH said in its
application for response in the case that "there are important
differences between SeAHs U.S. sales and the U.S. sales
by other Korean manufacturers," namely that SeAH sells to
Houston-based affiliate PanMeridian Tubular, a division of the
companys Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based subsidiary Pusan
Pipe America Inc., rather than to "unaffiliated distributors,"
leading to a different price structure for its products.
Editor's note: This story was corrected Sept. 20,
2013, to correct the spelling of Kevin