U.S. hits India pipe firm with steep dumping duties

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, May 24, 2012 17:50 EDT
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WASHINGTON — The US government hit a major Indian steel pipe exporter with anti-dumping duties of more than 48 percent, in a move that follows nearly 300 percent anti-subsidy duties on Indian pipe set in March.

The Commerce Department set the duties on circular welded carbon-quality steel welded pipe from Zenith Birla, including it with other companies already hit with anti-dumping duties.

Vietnamese pipe exporters incurred anti-dumping penalties of up to nearly 28 percent, while producers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates were also hit in the range of 5.6-11.7 percent.

The pipe covered in the ruling is used for handling water and other liquids and gases under low pressures in plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and for other uses.

The Commerce Department said it affects exports from the four countries that reached nearly $200 million last year.

India has been a major target of subsidy and dumping accusations by US producers of similar products.

In March the Commerce Department slapped 286 percent anti-subsidy duties on pipe from Indian exporters, including Zenith Birla, while duties for the other three countries ran from zero to 8.1 percent.

In reaction to the March duties, New Delhi last month lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization, asking for consultations in the first step under the WTO dispute settlement system.

The steel row is the latest in a string of commercial disagreements between the two countries at the global trade body. India has also challenged a US visa fee hike for skilled workers, saying the move discriminated against its flagship software firms.

In March as well, the United States initiated a challenge to New Delhi’s ban on poultry and egg imports, saying it violated global trade rules. India insisted it was a necessary protection against avian flu.

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