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US to issue anti-dumping, countervailing orders on Chinese drill pipe

Posted on 22 February 2011

The US Department of Commerce is set to issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of drill pipe and drill collars after the US International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that these products are subsidized and sold in the US at less than fair value. The USITC found these imports to be threatening the US industry.

The case was brought by the United Steelworkers Union and several US domestic producers of drill pipe in late December 2009. By some estimates, Chinese drill pipe accounts for 50% of available pipe used in US onshore E&P.

USITC vice chairman Irving A. Williamson and commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Dean A. Pinkert made affirmative determinations on the basis of threat. Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and commissioners Daniel R. Pearson and Shara L. Aranoff made negative determinations.

The USITC’s public report, “Drill Pipe and Drill Collars from China” Investigation Nos. 701-TA-474 and 731-TA-1176 (Final), USITC Publication 4213, February 2011, will contain the views of the commissioners and information developed during the investigations. Copies of the report are expected to become available after 10 March.

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