A decision by the U.S. government to impose duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries will help level the playing field for local steel-tube producers such as Warren’s Energex Tube, TMK IPSCO of Brookfield and Vallourec Star of Youngstown, local legislators say.
The U.S. Commerce Department ruling came in response to claims by U.S. steel producers and unions that those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.
The Commerce Department said it had found that dumping of steel-pipe imports into the U.S. harmed competition. The pipes are used mainly in drilling oil and gas wells.
In addition to South Korea and India, the other countries involved are the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.
The Commerce Department said the International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency, is scheduled to make a final ruling next month on whether the imports have hurt the U.S. industry.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-17th, said Friday of the decision, “I am pleased by this significant ruling from the Department of Commerce that confirms what we have believed for some time — that a number of countries are dumping their products into the United States and taking good-paying jobs away from American workers.”
Ohio’s U.S. senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, also applauded the decision.