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Pipe Producers Petition to Accelerate the Imposition of Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Pipe from China.

WASHINGTON -- On September 18, 2007, six U.S. producers of welded standard steel pipe and the United Steelworkers filed a "critical circumstances" allegation with the U.S. Department of Commerce ("Commerce") in pending antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on dumped and subsidized imports of circular welded pipe ("CWP") from China. They have asked that the imposition of countervailing duties be accelerated from November 5, 2007 to August 7, 2007 and that the imposition of antidumping duties be accelerated from November 14 to August 16, 2007.

The petitions were filed on June 7, 2007 by Allied Tube & Conduit, IPSCO Tubulars, Inc., Northwest Pipe Company, Sharon Tube Company, Western Tube and Conduit Corporation, and Wheatland Tube Company, as well as the United Steelworkers.

Armand Lauzon, CEO of John Maneely Company (parent company of petitioners Wheatland Tube and Sharon Tube), said, "It is clear that Chinese exporters and U.S. importers are accelerating their pipe imports into the United States to beat the normal trigger date for the collection of duties in November 2007. We are asking Commerce to impose the duties 90 days earlier to prevent further harm to our industry."

Under the critical circumstances provision of U.S. law, antidumping and countervailing duties may be imposed covering the 90-day period prior to completion of Commerce's preliminary investigation, provided that certain findings are made by Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC"). The allegations filed yesterday demonstrate that the criteria for a finding of critical circumstances are satisfied in this case. Specifically, imports of CWP from China increased by over 35 percent from March-May 2007 (the three months preceding the filing of the June 5 petition) to June-August 2007 (the three months immediately following the filing of the petition). In addition, there has been a history of dumping and material injury (Australia imposed an antidumping duty order on welded standard pipe in 2006), U.S. importers knew or should have known that imports of CWP were being dumped and would likely cause injury to the U.S. industry, and the countervailable subsidies alleged in the petition are prohibited under WTO rules.

If Commerce makes a final affirmative critical circumstances finding, and if the ITC determines that the imports subject to that finding are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of any antidumping or countervailing duty order imposed, entries of CWP after August 7, 2007, will be subject to countervailing duties and entries after August 16, 2007, will be subject to antidumping duties.
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