NEW YORK — The American Line Pipe Producers Association has filed trade petitions complaining that imports of large-diameter welded line pipe from six nations – including China and Canada – were dumped, and that some received unfair support from government subsidies.
The alleged dumping margins range from 23.52% on imports from South Korea to 138.61% on imports from China. Imports from Canada, which the US-based line pipe association publicly singled out as a bad actor seven months earlier, were dumped at a margin of 53.01%, the association said in a press release on Wednesday January 17.
The other nations in the complaint are India, imports from which were allegedly dumped at a 50.55% margin; Turkey, at 27.83%; and Greece, at 25.69%. Imports from China, India, South Korea and Turkey also benefited from countervailable government subsidies, according to the petitions.
“For years, our companies and workers have lost many large projects and massive amounts of sales to dumped and subsidized imports,” John Stupp, chief executive officer at petitioning association members Stupp Bros. and Stupp Corp., said in the statement. He called the subject goods “unfairly traded products.”
The other association members behind the petition are American Cast Iron Pipe, Berg Spiral Pipe/Berg Steel Pipe and Dura-Bond Industries. Skyline Steel is an additional petitioner but not an association member. The press release said the petitions are also supported by Trinity Products. The complaints were filed concurrently with the US Commerce Department and International Trade Commission.
The law firm Wiley Rein represents the petitioners.
Preparations for the multi-nation trade case were first reported by American Metal Market in November, after the US producers had grown frustrated with the ever-higher import volumes of line pipe as 2017 progressed. In September, 250,803 tons of imported line pipe entered the US market, more than four times the volume in September 2016.
In their statement, the domestic producers said the imports cause material injury.
The petitions specify imports of welded carbon and alloy steel pipe, greater than 16 inches (406.4 mm) in diameter, regardless of wall thickness, length, surface finish, grade, end finish or stenciling. The pipe may have been further processed or finished in third countries.
“The subject imports were able to penetrate the US market and capture increasing market share by significantly undercutting US producers’ prices,” the association’s press release said. The result: US mills “have suffered significant declines in production, shipments, prices and profits.”
The US producers issued a rare public outcry against imports from Canada in June 2017, complaining specifically about line pipe made by Evraz North America that was purchased by Houston-based Cheniere Energy for a natural gas pipeline out of Oklahoma. That contract called for 221 miles of 30- and 36-inch pipe, the line pipe association said at the time.
The only nation that was on the list of the top five line pipe exporters to the US in 2016 that was not targeted in Wednesday’s petition was Germany.