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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Oil Country Tubular Goods from Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea

November 19, 2021
News Release 21-133
Inv. No. 701-TA-671-672 and 731-TA-1571-1573 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Oil Country Tubular Goods from Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea

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 oil country tubular goods from Argentina, Mexico, and Russia that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and imports of these products that are allegedly subsidized by the governments of Russia and South Korea.

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 determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of oil country tubular goods from Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about December 30, 2021, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 15, 2022.

The Commission’s public report Oil Country Tubular Goods from Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-671-672 and 731-TA-1571-1573 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5248, November 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 21, 2021; 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

Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) from Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-671-672 and 731-TA-1571-1573 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  The merchandise covered by the investigations is certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG), which are hollow steel products of circular cross-section, including oil well casing and tubing, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel (both carbon and alloy), whether seamless or welded, regardless of end finish ( e.g., whether or not plain end, threaded, or threaded and coupled) whether or not conforming to American Petroleum Institute (API) or non-API specifications, whether finished (including limited service OCTG products) or unfinished (including green tubes and limited service OCTG products), whether or not thread protectors are attached. The scope of the investigations also covers OCTG coupling stock.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Borusan Mannesmann Pipe U.S., Inc., Baytown, TX; PTC Liberty Tubulars LLC, Liberty, TX; U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; Welded Tube USA, Inc., Lackawanna, NY; and the United States Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC, Pittsburgh, PA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, November 19, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, November 22, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  17.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
3.   Production and related workers:  4,681.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $2.1 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $3.1 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption by value:  15.8 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2020:

1.   Subject imports:  $493 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $556 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Argentina, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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