By Douglas J. Heffner, Richard P. Ferrin, William Silverman and Rick L. Johnson

Yesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously determined that revocation of the existing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from the People’s Republic of China would result in continuation or recurrence of material injury to the U.S. industry. As a result, the Department of Commerce will continue the existing AD/CVD orders on imports of this product from China for at least another five years.

Note that the ITC conducted its review on an “expedited” basis, which means that the ITC had determined at an early stage that there were not enough Chinese producers willing to participate and supply data to justify a more thorough review. The fact that the review was expedited, and the final result was unanimous, means that the ITC determination almost certainly will not be appealed.

The basis for the determination will explained in a final report and opinion, which the ITC currently expects to be released by December 9, 2013.

Source: Client Alert