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U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Determinations on Large Diameter Welded Pipe from China, India, Korea, and Turkey

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of large diameter welded pipe from China, India, Korea, and Turkey, finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies at the following rates:
  • China – 198.49 percent
  • India – 541.15 percent
  • Korea – 0.01 (de minimis) to 3.31 percent
  • Turkey – 1.08 to 3.76 percent  
Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of large diameter welded pipe from China, India, Korea, and Turkey based on all preliminary rates that are above de minimis.
In 2017, imports of large diameter welded pipe from China, India, Korea, and Turkey were valued at an estimated $29.2 million, $294.7 million, $150.9 million, and $57.3 million, respectively.  These deadlines have been fully extended.
The petitioners are American Cast Iron Pipe Company (Birmingham, AL), Berg Steel Pipe Corp. (Panama City, FL), Berg Spiral Pipe Corp. (Mobile, AL), Dura-Bond Industries (Steelton, PA), Greens Bayou Pipe Mill, LP (Houston, TX), JSW Steel (USA) Inc. (Baytown, TX), Skyline Steel (Parsippany, NJ), Stupp Corporation (Baton Rouge, LA), and Trinity Products LLC (Fallon, MO).
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current Administration, Commerce has initiated 118 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations - this is 59 percent more than the 74 initiations in the last 515 days of the previous administration.
Countervailing duty laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States.  Commerce currently maintains 449 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final CVD determinations on or about November 6, 2018.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on December 20, 2018.  If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations and the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue CVD orders.  If Commerce makes negative final determinations or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.
Click HERE for a fact sheet on today’s decisions.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based solely on factual evidence provided on the record. 
Imports from companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments in the form of grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, and production inputs are subject to “countervailing duties” aimed at directly countering those subsidies.