Ukranian oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producer Interpipe
Group and Houston-based subsidiary North American Interpipe
Inc. have hit back at critical circumstance allegations filed
recently by domestic OCTG producers, claiming that Ukranian
producers had no knowledge that an anti-dumping case was
have pointed to vague and speculative claims of a rumored
investigation of Korean or other Asian OCTG imports,
petitioners have not found any evidence that an investigation
was known to be pending with respect to OCTG from Ukraine,"
lawyers from Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, wrote on behalf
of the company.
claimed that news reports and other sources tipped off foreign
producers that a trade case was coming, leading them to step up
Interpipe counsel also
noted that Ukranian OCTG imports actually fell in the three
months after the filing, which occurred in early July, the
typical timeframe used by the U.S. Commerce Department in
determining critical circumstance claims.
OCTG imports from
Ukraine of 21,802 tonnes from April to June fell 24.3 percent
from 17,538 tonnes in July to September.
are arguing for a six-month timeframe in their critical
circumstance claim (
amm.com, Dec. 18).