Ruling: 8 countries illegally dump gas drilling pipes

In a preliminary ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled in favor of anti-dumping duties on gas- and oil-drilling pipes imported from eight countries that compete with locally produced products.

The Commerce Department found no evidence of illegal dumping from a ninth country listed in the complaint.

The anti-dumping investigation was triggered by a Dec. 18 complaint filed by local pipe manufacturers TMK IPSCO of Brookfield, Vallourec Star of Youngstown, U.S. Steel in Pennsylvania and six other domestic manufacturers. The complaints outlined “critical circumstances,” according to information released by the Department of Commerce.

“In each instance where we found that affirmative critical circumstances exist, we will instruct CBP (U.S. Customs and Boarder Patrol) to impose provisional measures retroactively on entries of subject OCTG up to 90 days prior to these determinations,” the Commerce Department said in a prepared statement.

Under the preliminary ruling, anti-dumping duties could be placed on oil country tubular goods, or OCTG, from India, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The investigation found no illegal dumping of specific OCTG imports from Korea.

In 2013, imports of OCTG from India, Korea, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam were valued at an estimated $1.54 billion, ranging from $174.4 million in imports from India to $37 million from Thailand, the report indicates.

The Commerce Department is scheduled to announce a final determination around July 8. If the U.S. International Trade Commission maintains the preliminary ruling, and determines the imports have caused material injury to domestic industry, the Department of Commerce will issue anti-dumping orders and could set duties on the products by August.

The anti-dumping law was established to provide U.S. businesses and workers a way to seek relief from illegal dumping of imports, a term used when a foreign company sells a product in the U.S. at less than its fair value. The law forces fair competition among domestic and foreign businesses.