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ITC delays OCTG vote after Commerce error

Keywords: Tags  Saudi Arabia, oil country tubular goods, OCTG, International Trade Commission, ITC, International Trade Administration, ITA, vote Commerce Department


NEW YORK — A vote in a trade case on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from nine countries has been postponed by the International Trade Commission (ITC) after the Commerce Department amended its final decision on imports from Saudi Arabia due to a ministerial error.

The ITC’s final vote on injury, initially scheduled for Aug. 14, has been delayed to Aug. 22. A commission spokesman said that most determinations are not due until Aug. 25, and Sept. 23 in three cases.

Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) found it had committed a calculation error in the investigation of Saudi Arabia’s sole mandatory respondent, Jubail Energy Services Co. (Jesco).

Saudi Arabian producers initially were hit with a 2.69-percent dumping margin in the ITA’s final determination (amm.com, July 11) but this was amended to de minimis, and thus Saudi Arabia’s OCTG shipments are not subject to duties.

In light of the amendment on Saudi Arabia, the ITC has reopened its record of the investigation until Aug. 18 at the request of Philippines respondent HLD Clark Pipe Co. Inc. "The commission is not reopening the record for any purpose other than to receive Commerce’s amended final determination and comments from any party on this new factual information," the ITC said.

The ITA also issued amended final determinations in the OCTG dumping investigations vs. Ukraine and Vietnam, as well as the countervailing duty investigation against India, although the substance of the changes were not immediately available.


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