The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), on March 1, 2023, finalized its determination that Emirati and Omani pipe producers are not circumventing the antidumping duty order on welded carbon steel standard pipes and tubes from India. GDLSK represented a major Emirati pipe producer accused of circumvention because some of the pipe that it manufactured used hot-rolled steel from India. On the company’s behalf, GDLSK submitted extensive questionnaire responses, participated in verification, and briefed legal issues to convince DOC that the company was not circumventing.
This negative determination reflects a significant achievement showing the limits of DOC’s circumvention procedure. There has been a large uptick in circumvention inquiries, both brought by petitioners and self-initiated by DOC, since DOC enacted its circumvention regulation in late 2021 – and it is rare that DOC finds no circumvention whatsoever, as occurred in this inquiry. Should you have questions about this inquiry, or circumvention inquires in general, please contact GDLSK Partners Jordan Kahn at [email protected] or Ned Marshak at [email protected].