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 Korea.
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 Department.
SeAHs 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.
"To punish 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 department.
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 Beckmann's name.