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ITA postpones decision in OCTG case

Keywords: Tags  Commerce Department, oil country tubular goods, OCTG, trade complaint, International Trade Administration, ITA, International Trade Commission, U.S. Steel Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — The Commerce Department’s 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 (, July 11), but market sources were expecting delays due to the number of countries charged in the anti-dumping case.

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 (, July 31).

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