Shipping Container Above Stacked OthersOn August 28, 2015 the Canada Border Services Agency initiated an antidumping/countervailing case against certain carbon and alloy steel line pipe from China.   The CBSA did not issue an email notification until 11:33AM on August 31st (I know because this is when I received my email).

This case partially relates to existing AD/CVD duties on piling pipe from China. Atlas Tube Canada has stated in their letter of support that “Atlas supports the complain because of information that large volumes of so-called Chinese line pipe, stenciled as API-5L, are entering Canada, but are actually being imported entirely for sale as piling pipe.”

The goods covered by the CBSA investigation are usually classified under the following Harmonized System classification numbers:

  • 7304.19.00.11
  • 7304.19.00.12
  • 7304.19.00.21
  • 7304.19.00.22
  • 7305.11.00.11
  • 7305.11.00.19
  • 7305.12.00.11
  • 7305.12.00.19
  • 7305.19.00.11
  • 7305.19.00.19
  • 7306.19.00.10
  • 7306.19.00.90

The Subject Goods are described as follows:

Carbon and alloy steel line pipe originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China, welded or seamless, having an outside diameter from 2.375 inches (60.3 mm) up to and including 24 inches (609.6 mm), including line pipe meeting or supplied to meet any one or several of API 5L, CSA Z245.1, ISO 3183, ASTM A333, ASTM A106, ASTM A53-B or their equivalents, in all grades, whether or not meeting specifications for other end uses (e.g. single-, dual-, or multiple-certified, for use in oil and gas, piling pipe, or other applications), and regardless of end finish (plain ends, beveled ends, threaded ends, or threaded and coupled ends), surface finish (coated or uncoated), wall thickness, or length, excluding galvanized line pipe and excluding stainless steel line pipe (containing 10.5 percent or more by weight of chromium), excluding goods covered by the Tribunal’s finding in Inquiry No. NQ-2012-002.

For greater certainty, the product definition includes:

  1. unfinished line pipe (including pipe that may or may not already be tested, inspected, and/or certified to line pipe specifications) originating in China and imported for use in the production or finishing of line pipe meeting final specifications, including outside diameter, grade, wall-thickness, length, end finish, or surface finish; and

  2. non-prime and secondary pipes (“limited service products”).

The key dates are as follows:

September 14, 2015 = All parties notify the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) if participating in preliminary injury inquiry

September 21, 2015 = Importer responses to CBSA’s Request for Information due to the CBSA

September 23, 2015 (by noon) = Submissions by parties opposed to the complaint due to the CITT

September 30, 2015 (by noon) = Submissions by parties in support of a complaint due to the CITT

October 5, 2015 = Exporter and Government responses to CBSA’s Request for Information due to the CBSA

October 27, 2015 = Preliminary Determination of Injury by the CITT

November 26, 2015 = Preliminary Determination of Dumping/Subsidy by the CBSA

January 11, 2016 = Closing of the CBSA Record date

January 18, 2016 = Submissions to the CBSA (all parties)

January 25, 2016 = Reply Submissions to the CBSA

February 22, 2016 = Likely start date of CITT hearing

February 24, 2016 = Final Determination of Dumping/Subsidy