Press Release
Czech Republic Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination for Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from the Czech Republic

For Immediate Release 
December 16, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of seamless carbon and alloy standard, line, and pipe from the Czech Republic.

Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from Czech Republic have dumped seamless carbon and alloy standard, line, and pipe in the United States at rates of 51.07 percent to 51.70 percent. 

As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of seamless carbon and alloy standard, line, and pipe from the Czech Republic based on the preliminary rate noted above. 

The petitioner is Vallourec Star, LP (Houston, Texas).

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this case on or about March 2, 2021. This deadline may be extended.

If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about April 15, 2021. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination in this investigation and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue an AD order. If Commerce makes a negative final determination of dumping or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued. 

In 2019, imports of seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from the Czech Republic were valued at an estimated $37.1 million.

Read the fact sheet on today’s decisions.

Commerce is conducting concurrent AD investigations of seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine. The preliminary AD determinations for Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine are scheduled to be announced on February 4, 2021 (fully extended). Commerce is conducting concurrent countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Russia and South Korea. On December 8, 2020, Commerce announced the preliminary CVD determinations, finding subsidy rates of 6.37 percent for Russia and 2.14 percent for South Korea. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final CVD determinations for Russia and South Korea on April 19, 2021 (subject to extension).

The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 306 new AD and CVD investigations – a 283 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration. Commerce currently maintains 539 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

The AD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. 

Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties. 

Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that is consistent with international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.

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