October 25, 2001
News Release 01-125
Inv. No. 731-TA-919 (F)

CERTAIN WELDED LARGE DIAMETER LINE PIPE FROM JAPAN INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of certain welded large diameter line pipe from Japan that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from Japan.

The Commission's public report Certain Welded Large Diameter Line Pipe from Japan, Inv. No. 731-TA-919 (Final), USITC Publication 3464, October 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after November 23, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Welded Large Diameter Line Pipe from Japan
Investigation No. 731-TA-919 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to this investigation is certain welded carbon and alloy line pipe, of circular cross section and with an outside diameter greater than 16 inches, but less than 64 inches, whether or not stenciled. This product is normally produced according to American Petroleum Institute (API) specifications, including grade A25, A, B, and X grades ranging from X42 to X80, but can also be produced to other specifications.(1)

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Berg Steel Pipe Corp., Panama City, FL; American Steel Pipe Division of
      American Cast Iron Pipe Co., Birmingham, AL; and Stupp Corp., Baton Rouge, LA.
3.  Investigation instituted by the USITC:  January 10, 2001.  
4.  USITC hearing:  October 9, 2001.
5.  USITC briefing and vote:  October 25, 2001.(2)
6.  USITC notification to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  October 25, 2001.(2)

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers:  7.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and
      Texas. 
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2000:  520 workers.
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports)  in 2000: 312,593 short tons valued at
      $176.9 million.
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2000:  763,910 short tons valued at $403.2 million.
6.  Ratio of subject imports from two subject countries to U.S. apparent consumption in 2000:
       By quantity, 26.3 percent; by value, 22.5 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2000:

1.  From:  Japan:   173,062 short tons, valued at $78.1 million.
           Mexico:    27,627 short tons, valued at $12.6 million. (2)
           Total (from Japan and Mexico): 200,689 short tons, valued at $90.7 million.
2.  From all other sources:  250,628 short tons, valued at $135.7 million.
3.  Leading source during 2000: Canada.

(1) Specifically not included within the scope of this investigation are American Water Works Association specification water and sewage pipe and line pipe of certain other size/grade combinations.

(2) No date has been set for a vote on Mexico because Commerce has postponed the date of its final determination until December 28, 2001.

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