May 22, 2009
News Release 09-042
Inv. No. 701-TA-463 and 731-TA-1156-1159 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON OIL COUNTRY TUBULAR GOODS FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of oil country tubular goods from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners made affirmative determinations on the basis of threat.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its countervailing duty and antidumping investigations on imports of these products from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about July 2, 2009, and its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about September 15, 2009.

The Commission's public report Oil Country Tubular Goods from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-463 and 731-TA-1159 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4081, May 2009) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 12, 2009, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-463 and 731-TA-1159 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products subject to these investigations are oil country tubular goods (OCTG), which are hollow steel products of circular cross-section, including oil well casing, tubing, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel (both carbon and alloy), whether or not conforming to American Petroleum Institute (API) or non-API specifications, whether seamless or welded, finished or unfinished, and regardless of end finish. (1)

Status of Proceedings: 

  1.  Type of investigations: Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
  2.  Petitioners: Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, Pueblo, CO; Maverick Tube Corporation,
         Houston, TX; TMK-IPSCO, Camanche, IA; United States Steel Corporation, Dallas,
         TX; V&M Star LP Houston, TX; V&M Tubular Corporation of America, Houston,
         TX; Wheatland Tube Corporation, Wheatland, PA; and the United Steel, Paper, and
         Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers
         International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC, Pittsburgh, PA.
  3.   Petition filed: April 8, 2009. 
  4.   USITC staff conference: April 29, 2009.
  5.   USITC vote: May 22, 2009.
  6.   USITC notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 26, 2009.


U.S. Industry:

  1.   Number of producers and processors of OCTG: 12.
  2.   Location of producers' plants: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio,
         Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
  3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2008: 5,585.
  4.   U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports) in 2008:
              3.0 million short tons, valued at $6.1 billion.
  5.   U.S. apparent consumption in 2008:  6.7 million short tons, valued at $11.5 billion.
  6.   Ratio of subject imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2008:  
       By quantity, 32.8 percent; by value, 24.4 percent.


U.S. Imports:

  1.   From the subject country during 2008:  2.2 million short tons, valued at $2.8 billion.
  2.   From other countries during 2008:  1.5 million short tons, valued at $2.6 billion.
  3.   Leading sources during 2008:  China, Korea, Canada, and Germany.

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(1) Specifically excluded from the scope of these investigations are casing and tubing containing 10.5 percent more by weight of chromium, drill pipe, unattached couplings, and unattached thread protectors.