US line pipe mills 'preparing trade petition on large-diameter pipe'

Large-diameter line pipe mills in the United States are almost ready to file an anti-dumping and countervailing trade petition with the country’s Department of Commerce, Metal Bulletin sister title American Metal Market has been told.

An industry source with first-hand knowledge of the companies’ plans said that the trade petition would target imports from multiple nations both in Asia and elsewhere. The draft complaint covers steel line pipe in diameters greater than 16 in. The catalysts for this trade action have been the burgeoning line pipe import volumes entering the US this year and the growing indications that Commerce’s Section 232 investigation is little more than an empty threat, this source said. Section 232 actions would allow the president to impose duties on any imports thought to threaten national security. Domestic producers’ preparations for a petition have accelerated toward a crescendo...


Dom Yanchunas

November 30, 2017

20:20 GMT

New York