The Commerce Dept. has begun an anti-dumping investigation of imports of heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from South Korea, Mexico, and Turkey, and a countervailing duty investigation of imports from Turkey.
The products subject to the investigations are heavy walled rectangular welded steel pipes and tubes of rectangular (including square) cross section, having a nominal wall thickness of not less than four millimeters. Such pipes are used as structural members in construction and industrial manufacturing.
The products include, but are not limited to, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) A-500, grade B specifications, or comparable domestic or foreign specifications.
The domestic manufacturers petitioning for the investigations are Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group; Bull Moose Tube Company; EXLTUBE; Hannibal Industries, Inc.; Independence Tube Corporation; Maruichi American Corporation; Searing Industries; Southland Tube; and Vest, Inc.
They are alleging dumping margins of 53.8% for imports from South Korea, 11.9% from Mexico and 102.1 to 113.7% for the Turkish welded carbon steel pipes. Turkey is also accused of illegally subsidizing its exports, hence the countervailing investigation.