9 Sep 2009 08:52

Mexico launches anti-dumping investigation into Chinese seamless steel pipe imports

Shanghai. September 9. INTERFAX-CHINA - Mexico's Ministry of the Economy launched an anti-dumping investigation into Chinese seamless steel pipe imports on Sept. 4, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Sept. 8.

The investigation will focus on Chinese seamless steel pipe imports from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009, and was prompted by a petition from local seamless steel pipe producer Tenaris Tamsa.

The European Commission also began an anti-dumping investigation into seamless steel pipe imports originating from China in July 2008, and in April 2009, it levied temporary anti-dumping duties of between 15.1 percent and 24.2 percent on such products.

In February this year, the Canada Border Services Agency levied anti-dumping duties of between 37 percent and 61 percent, as well as countervailing duties of between 2 percent and 7 percent on imports of certain seamless carbon or alloy steel oil and gas well casing, a type of seamless steel pipe, originating from China.

In 2008, China's top three seamless steel pipe export destinations were the United States, the European Union and South Korea. Mexico did not rank among the top 20 destinations.

China exported 1.84 million tons of seamless steel pipe in the first seven months of 2009, while its seamless steel pipe production stood at 11.82 million tons.