Latest U.S. trade complaint says Canada dumping welded pipe

Latest U.S. trade complaint says Canada dumping welded pipe
From CBC - February 13, 2018

The United States government has a new trade beef withCanada: claims that some pipe products are being dumped on the U.S. market at artificially low prices.

Canada is one of six countries named in a new anti-dumping and countervailing duty probe announced Tuesday byU.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

In a statement, Ross said the trade investigation will look into whether imports of large-diameter welded pipe from Canada, China, Greece, India, Korea, and Turkey are being dumped in the United States, and ifforeignproducers are getting unfair subsidies. The U.S. could impose duties if it finds the imports are hurting its domestic producers.

The U.S. launched the probe after five U.S. companiesAmerican Cast Iron Pipe Company of Birmingham, Ala., Berg Steel Pipe Corp. ofPanama City, Fla., Dura-Bond Industries of Steelton, Pa.,Skyline Steel of Parsippany, N.J., and Stupp Corporation of Baton Rouge, La.filedpetitions.

In the anti-dumping probe, the U.S. Commerce Department said it willdetermine if imports of large-diameter welded pipe from Canada, Greece, China, India, KoreaandTurkey are being dumped in the U.S. market at less than fair value. The countervailing probe will investigate ifimports into the U.S. of productsfrom China, India, KoreaandTurkey are getting government subsidies.

TheU.S. Commerce Departmentsaid Canada shipped about $66 million worth of the pipe products to the United States in 2016.

"With an 81 per cent increase in trade cases initiated since President Trump took office, this administration has made it clear that we will vigorously administer anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws," said Ross.

Trump complaint

News of the probe comes a day after Trump complained about Canadian trade practices.


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