Seven domestic oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producers and the United Steelworkers (USW) filed an antidumping trade case against China imports with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. The suit alleges that Chinese steelmakers unfairly dumped specific types of tubular and pipe steel onto the U.S. market last year and that Chinese producers benefit from government subsidies and dumping margins that range from 40-90%. Petitioners for the case include U.S. Steel Corp., Maverick Tube Corp., Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, TMP Ipsco, V&M Star, V&M TCA and Wheatland Tube Corp. According to the USW, which is a co-petitioner, the increase in Chinese imports of OCTG is made worse by the global recession. OCTG includes welded and stainless steel pipes that are used to extract oil or gas from a drilled well.

Under U.S. trade law, the ITC is to make a preliminary injury determination no later than May 26. The Department of Commerce is expected to issue a preliminary subsidy finding by Sept. 8 and a preliminary dumping finding by Nov. 6. Within the past two years, U.S. steel companies have won antidumping suits in four other tubes and pipes trade cases against China.