NEW YORK Recent production cuts and mill closures in the domestic oil country tubular goods (OCTG) sector will likely be a focus of an ongoing anti-dumping investigation against nine countries before a final decision in the trade case is made in July.
"Its these kinds of facts that the petitioners will be bringing forward as we go towards the final determination in this case," American Iron and Steel Institute president and chief executive officer Thomas J. Gibson told reporters during a conference call, adding that the cutbacks were "further evidence of the impact that unfairly traded imports are having on this market."
TMK Ipsco, the Houston-based subsidiary of Russias OAO TMK, said this week it was idling a mill at one welded OCTG-making operation and reducing work hours there and at two other facilities due to pressure from imports (amm.com, April 7). Previously, Houston-based Energex Tube, the energy tubular arm of Chicagos JMC Steel Group Inc., announced the closure of its Welland, Ontario, energy tubular mill (amm.com, March 25) and U.S. Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, said it was planning to cut output and jobs at its Lorain, Ohio, tubular mill (amm.com, Feb. 25).
Gibson reiterated the challenges the domestic steel industry is facing on the trade front, exemplified by the number of new anti-dumping and countervailing cases. "Collectively, the volume of trade cases shows that the industry is facing very significant levels of unfair competition," he said.
The U.S. Commerce Departments International Trade Administration (ITA) is scheduled to make its final decision in the OCTG case against nine countries July 7, while the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will make its final injury determination in the case Aug. 21, according to an ITA statement.