USS Loses Challenge To 2007 Mexican Pipe Sunsets

September 02, 2011 in Industry Trends, News & Articles by

US Steel was unsuccessful in its challenge of the 2007 sun setting of antidumping duties on large-diameter welded line pipe imports from Mexico.

USS had requested a binational panel review by the Nafta Secretariat after the US International Trade Commission allowed the duties to expire in 2007, while at the same time continuing duties on the same product from Japan.

As reported earlier this year by Steel Business Briefing, the panel had ordered the ITC to reconsider the decision by examining information supplied by Mexican producer Procarsa, which USS had found to be inaccurate. Procarsa had originally submitted some information too late for the ITC to consider in the sunset review.

The ITC reviewed the data, but still determined that revocation of the duties would not result in a significant increase in the volume of imports from Mexico and maintained that the duties should still be sunset.

The binational panel is now upholding the ITC’s decision, SBB reports.

According to ITC import data reviewed by SBB, US imports of large-diameter Mexican line pipe have indeed increased since the duties were sunset (see chart below).

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