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NEW DUMPING PROBE INTO IRON AND STEEL PIPES.

The European Commission has opened an anti-dumping investigation into imports of welded iron and steel tubes and pipes from the Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, Thailand and Ukraine. The complaint was prompted by a complaint lodged by the Defence Committee of the Welded Steel Tube Industry, which claims to represent 80% of total EU production of the tubes and pipes. The pipes in question have a maximum diameter of 168.3mm, and according to the complaint, the dumping margins are "significant." The probe was backed by all 15 Member States when consulted in the EU's Anti-Dumping/Anti-Subsidy Committee.It is the latest in a series of Commission investigations into such imports, suggesting that the EU is suffering from the worldwide iron and steel glut. It also shows that despite its protestations against the United States, the EU is equally prone to trade defence moves to staunch the imports (see European Report 2599).The investigation comes just weeks after the Commission opened an anti-dumping probe into tube and pipe fittings from the Czech Republic, South Korea, Malaysia, Russia and Slovakia (see European Report 2601). That probe was prompted by a complaint by an EU industry group - the Defence Committee of Malleable Cast Iron Tube or Pipe Fittings Industry of the European Union. In February 2000, the Commission set provisional duties on imports of malleable cast iron tube or pipe fittings from six countries: Thailand, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Japan, China and South Korea (EC 449/2000)...JJ:(LC)

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Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Jul 4, 2001
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