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For Immediate Release:August 28, 2008
Contact: Brittany Eck  (202) 482-3809


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation on certain stainless pressure pipe from China. Stainless pressure pipe is a commodity product generally used as a conduit for liquids or gases.

“By dumping imports of certain stainless pressure pipe into the U.S., some foreign exporters continue to undermine engaging in fair trade with American manufacturers,” said Assistant Secretary for Import Administration David Spooner. “The Administration will continue aggressively enforcing America's trade remedy laws to achieve strong and fair trading relationships.”

Commerce preliminarily determined that Chinese producers/exporters have sold certain stainless pressure pipe in the U.S. at 22.03 percent less than normal value. Winner Machinery Enterprise Co., Ltd., the sole participating respondent, received a preliminary rate of 22.03 percent. This is also the preliminary rate for all other Chinese exporters, including Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co., Ltd., which qualified for a separate rate.

As a result of this preliminary determination, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise and to collect a cash deposit or bond based on the preliminary rate. Commerce is currently scheduled to issue its final determination in January.

The petitioners for this investigation are: Bristol Metals, L.P. (Tenn.), Felker Brothers Corporation (Wis.), Marcegaglia USA, Inc. (Pa.), Outokumpu Stainless Pipe, Inc. (Ill.), and the United Steelworkers of America (Pa.).

Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than normal value. For more information about Import Administration, or for the fact sheet on today’s decisions, please visit