USW Applauds International Trade Commission for Continuing Investigation of Welded Line Pipe from Korea and Turkey

Contact: Roy Houseman 202-778-4384, rhouseman@usw.org

(Washington, D.C.)  -- The United Steelworkers (USW) union said today that the International Trade Commission (ITC) took the correct action in voting to continue investigating antidumping and countervailing duties on Welded Line Pipe from Korea and Turkey.

“The USW continues to stand up for American jobs by fighting illegal trade,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.  “Our members and American manufacturers deserve a level playing field free from distorting subsidies and unfairly dumped welded pipe.”

The USW joined the petition to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on welded API line pipe this October . The petition alleges dumping margins as high as 221% against Korea and 16% against Turkey. Welded line pipe in these size ranges is generally used for transporting oil and natural gas from fields to larger pipelines or for transporting oil and natural gas to refineries and utilities.

“The energy boom we are experiencing in the United States should benefit domestic workers in all industries throughout the oil and gas supply chain,” Gerard said. “Stopping unfair trade practices is absolutely essential if we are going to revitalize our manufacturing sector.”

The USW looks forward to working with the ITC and the Department of Commerce on this petition in its ongoing effort to improve trade policy and prevent job losses due to illegal practices.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors.  For more information: http://www.usw.org/.

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