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S. Korea advocates voluntary respondents in OCTG case

Keywords: Tags  OCTG, South Korea, voluntary respondent, U.S. Commerce Department, Enforcement and Compliance, anti-dumping, Thorsten Schier

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 Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance division.

"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 (, Sept. 19).

Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd. and Nexteel Co. Ltd. were ultimately chosen as mandatory respondents (, Sept. 23), while AJU Besteel Co. Ltd. later withdrew its request for voluntary status.

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