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|ANTIDUMPING & COUNTERVAILING DUTY INVESTIGATION|
|Drill Pipe from China||
PETITION: General Issues & Injury
| Dumping | CVD
ITC Information: Initiation
ITC Questionnaires: Foreign Producer/Exporter | US Importers | US Producers
Letter to Foreign Producers - Instructions | Letter to US Parties - Instructions
ITC: 701-TA-474; 731-TA-1176
DOC: (A-570-995; C-576-996)
The product subject to the scope of these investigations is drill pipe, including heavy weight drill pipe and drill collars, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel, whether or not conforming to American Petroleum Institute (API) or non-API specifications, whether finished (with or without tool joints attached) or unfinished (including green tubes), and without regard to the specific chemistry of the steel (i.e., carbon, alloy or stainless steel).
The scope does not include tool joints not attached to drill pipe. The subject products are normally classified in the following HTS categories: 7304.22.0030, 7304.22.0045, 7304.22.0060, 7304.23.3000, 7304.23.6030, 7304.23.6045, 7304.23.6060 and also enters under 8431.43.8040 and may enter under 8431.43.8060. These HTS classifications became effective on February 3, 2007. Subsequent editions of the HTS have not resulted in revisions to the code listed above.
Prior to February 2, 2007, these imports entered under slightly different tariff classifications. Those tariff classifications include 7304.21.3000, 7304.21.6030, 7304.21.6045, 7304.21.6060 and also entered under 8431.43.8040 and may have entered under 8431.43.8060. The most favored nation duty rate for imports under these HTS numbers is 0%.
The tariff numbers are provided for the convenience of the U.S. government and do not define the scope of the petitions.
New Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Petition Filed Against Drill Pipe from China.
On December 31, 2009, VAM Drilling USA, Inc., TMK IPSCO, Texas Conversion Services, Rotary Drill Tools, and United Steel Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC (collectively "Petitioners"), filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into drill pipe from China.
Petitioners allege that Chinese drill pipe companies are dumping drill pipe with margins of 108.17% to 274.34%. Petitioners also allege that Chinese drill pipe producers and exported benefited from 32 subsidy programs.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated its investigation into injury. It will have 45 days to make its preliminary injury determination -- that is, by February 14, 2010.
The U.S. Department of Commerce will evaluate the petition to determine whether it contains allegations and evidence that is reasonably available to the Petitioners indicating that drill pipe from China is being subsidized and dumped (sold at less than fair value) in the United States. If the Department of Commerce determines that the petition is sufficient, it will initiate its investigations into subsidies and dumping in 20 days -- that is, by January 20, 2010.
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