NEW YORK The
Commerce Departments International Trade Administration
(ITA) has postponed to Feb. 13 its preliminary decision in a
trade complaint against producers of oil country tubular goods
(OCTG) from nine countries, citing the recent government
shutdown and the complexity of the case.
"Because of the
extraordinary complexity of these cases and the number of firms
whose activities we must investigate, we determine that it is
not practicable to complete the preliminary determinations by
the current deadline," the ITA said, even though all deadlines
in the case had been automatically extended by 16 days due to
the government shutdown. Preliminary decisions were originally
due Dec. 9.
Final decisions by the
U.S. International Trade Commission on the original timeline
were expected in mid-April (
amm.com, July 11), but market sources were
expecting delays due to the number of countries charged in the
One of the
petitioners, Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp., for example,
said in July that it expected the final decision in the case to
take more than a year to complete (
amm.com, July 31).