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Customs to Impose Duties on Certain Seamless Pipe from Russia and Korea to Counter Subsidies

December 8, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Commerce ("Commerce") today announced that it has preliminarily determined that Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe are unfairly subsidized.


Commerce preliminarily calculated subsidy rates of 4.39 percent for producers in Russia and 2.13 percent for producers in Korea. As a result of these determinations, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will start collecting cash deposits on imports of subject merchandise.


Schagrin Associates filed countervailing duty cases against imports of seamless pipes from Russia and Korea and companion antidumping cases against imports of seamless pipes from Czechia, Korea, Russia, and Ukraine on behalf of domestic producer Vallourec Star, LP.


The U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) on August 21, 2020 found a reasonable indication that the U.S. industry producing these seamless pipes is materially injured by imports of these pipes on December 6, 2019. If the USITC votes in the affirmative in the final phase of its investigation and Commerce continues to find countervailable subsidies in its final determinations, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order.


Schagrin Associates has over 35 years of experience representing clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. For more information, please visit our website at www.schagrinassociates.com.