ITC ruling helps Missouri steel pipe makers

By:  Diana Barr
St. Louis Business Journal

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of duties on imports of certain steel pipes and tubes, backing Missouri manufacturers who were among those complaining about illegal dumping.

The ITC said Wednesday that it determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Korea, Mexico and Turkey that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the U.S. at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Turkey.

The Commerce Department had already placed anti-dumping duties of up to 35.66 percent on imports of those pipe and tube products from Korea, Mexico and Turkey, as well as anti-subsidy duties of up to 23.37 percent on products produced in Turkey,Reuters reports. The ITC ruling finalizes those duties.

Bull Moose Tube, a subsidiary of Chesterfield-based Bull Moose Industries that makes sprinkler pipe, and EXLTUBE of Kansas City were among those whose complaints prompted the ITC to launch an investigation last year, according to the news agency.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, had testified before the ITC in favor of the duties.

Bull Moose has 85 employees in the St. Louis area and 80 in Gerald, Missouri, while EXLTUBE employs 103 in their North Kansas City pipe and tube mill, according to McCaskill's office.

Other companies that had petitioned for relief are Atlas Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries of Chicago; Hannibal Industries Inc. of Los Angeles; Independence Tube Corp. of Chicago; Maruichi American Corp. a California-based subsidiary of Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd.; Searing Industries of Rancho Cucamonga, California; Southland Tube of Birmingham, Alabama; and Vest Inc. of Los Angeles.