NEW YORK The
Commerce Departments International Trade Administration
(ITA) has preliminarily ruled that welded stainless pressure
pipe from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam has been sold in the
domestic market at less than fair value.
As a result, Malaysian
producers Superinox International Sdn Bhd/Superinox Pipe
Industry Sdn Bhd, Kanzen Tetsu Sdn Bhd and Pantech Stainless
& Alloy Industries Sdn Bhd are facing preliminary dumping
margins of 167.11 percent, while all other Malaysian producers
are now preliminarily subject to a 22.7-percent rate.
The margins will have
to be put up by producers in the form of cash deposits.
The ITA also ruled
that critical circumstances exist for the three mandatory
respondents for Malaysia, meaning producers will have to pay a
cash deposit based on the preliminary rates effective 90 days
prior to the publication of the preliminary ruling in the
Thailands Ametai Co. Ltd./Thareus Co. Ltd. now faces a
preliminary dumping duty of 7.16 percent, while Thai-German
Products Public Co. Ltd. faces a 10.92-percent rate.
All other Thai
producers face a 7.22-percent dumping rate.
Sonha International Corp. and Mejonson Industrial Vietnam Co.
Ltd. are subject to a 17.72-percent rate, while all other
producers from the country are preliminarily subject to a
Commerce is expected
to make final determinations on May 17, with final decisions
from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) due July
The petitioners are
Bristol Metals LLC, Bristol, Tenn.; Felker Brothers Corp.,
Marshfield, Wis.; and Outokumpu Stainless Pipe Inc.,
In 2012, imports of
the product from Malaysia totaled 5,400 tonnes valued at $18.6
million, while imports from Thailand totaled 6,100 tonnes
valued at $22.9 million and those from Vietnam were 4,700
tonnes valued at $18 million, according to the ruling.