NEW YORK South
Korean trade officials have asked the U.S. Commerce Department
to consider voluntary respondents in its anti-dumping
investigation of oil country tubular goods (OCTG).
A Korean delegation
led by Kyuyearn Hwang, director-general of trade policy at the
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, made the request during
a meeting with officials of Commerces Enforcement and
"I indicated that the
team assigned to that investigation was assessing its ability
to examine additional companies but that no decision had been
made," Gary Taverman, senior advisor for anti-dumping and
countervailing operations, wrote in a Dec. 18 filing.
Several South Korean
mills, including SeAH Steel Corp. and Iljin Steel Corp., asked
to be mandatory respondents in the case (
amm.com, Sept. 19).
Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd.
and Nexteel Co. Ltd. were ultimately chosen as mandatory
amm.com, Sept. 23), while AJU Besteel Co. Ltd.
later withdrew its request for voluntary status.