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 Federal Register.
Meanwhile, 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.
Vietnamese producers 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 53.91-percent duty.
Commerce is expected to make final determinations on May 17, with final decisions from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) due July 1.
The petitioners are Bristol Metals LLC, Bristol, Tenn.; Felker Brothers Corp., Marshfield, Wis.; and Outokumpu Stainless Pipe Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.
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.