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USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam

August 13, 2020
News Release 20-091
Inv. No. 731-TA-1528
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of seamless refined copper pipe and tube from Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. 

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigation of imports of seamless refined copper pipe and tube from Vietnam, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about December 7, 2020. 

The Commission’s public report Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam (Inv. No. 731-TA-1528 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5108, August 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after September 11, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Vietnam
Investigation No. 731-TA-1528 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  The products covered by this investigation are all seamless circular refined copper pipes and tubes, including redraw hollows, greater than or equal to 6 inches (152.4 mm) in length and measuring less than 12.130 inches (308.102 mm) in actual in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, bore (e.g., smooth, enhanced with inner grooves or ridges), manufacturing process (e.g., hot finished, cold‐drawn, annealed), outer surface (e.g., plain or enhanced with grooves, ridges, fins, gills), end finish (e.g., plain end, swaged end, flared end, expanded end, crimped end, threaded), coating (e.g., plastic, paint), insulation, attachments (e.g., plain, capped, plugged, with compression or other fitting), or physical configuration (e.g., straight, coiled, bent, wound on spools).

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  American Copper Tube Coalition.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
>4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (conducted through written statements, testimony, and questions and responses (July 17-July 24, 2020)).
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2020.
;">6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, August 14, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  4.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  [1]
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  [1]
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:    [1]

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  $152 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $341 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Vietnam, Canada, Korea, Mexico, and Greece.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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