The US government determined Wednesday it would maintain the existingantidumping duty (AD) orders on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from China, Brazil, Japanand Thailand.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) concluded in a ruling that revoking the currentantidumping and countervailing duty orders on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from thosecountries would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within areasonably foreseeable time.
It has been the fourth "sunset review" since the United States issued AD orders on carbon steelbutt-weld pipe fittings from those countries from 1986 to 1992. The AD margins on the productsfrom the mainland and Taiwan are 182.9 percent and 87.3 percent separately.
A "sunset review" was conducted every five years after anti-dumping and countervailing dutieswere introduced. The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the US Department ofCommerce to revoke an anti-dumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspensionagreement, after five years unless the department and the ITC determine that revoking the orderor terminating the suspension agreement would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence ofdumping or subsidies and of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has repeatedly urged the United States to abide by itscommitment against trade protectionism and work together with China and other members of theinternational community to maintain a free, open and just international trade environment.