Tenaris accuses Austria of unfairly selling tubes to Canada – .

Tenaris accuses Austria of unfairly selling tubes to Canada – .

Following a complaint by Tenaris Algoma Tubes and its affiliates, the Canada Border Services Agency announced on Wednesday that it was investigating possible injurious dumping of oil well tubular products from Austria.

“The complainant alleges that he is facing an increase in the volume of subject imports, price depression and suppression, loss of sales, price undercutting, loss of market share , underutilization of capacity, reduced employment, as well as negative impacts on financial performance, ability to raise capital and return on investment, ”Border Services said in a statement. Press.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) is also involved.

The CITT will conduct a preliminary injury inquiry to determine whether Canadian producers are harmed by Austrian imports.

It is expected to publish a decision by September 7, 2021.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will make a preliminary ruling by October 5 on whether pipe imports are being sold in Canada at unfair prices.

Canada currently has 11 special import measures in force on tubular products for petroleum countries from China, the separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), India, Indonesia , the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. .

For the purposes of this investigation, here is how Canada defines oil well tubular products:

Oilfield tubular products, which are carbon or alloy steel casing, tubing and green tubing, welded or seamless, heat treated or untreated, regardless of the final finish, having an outside diameter of 2 ⅜ inches to 13 ⅜ inches (60.3 mm to 339.7 mm), meeting or supplied to meet American Petroleum Institute specification 5CT or proprietary standards equivalent and / or improved, in all grades, to except drill pipe, short pipe joints, fittings, fittings and casing of stainless steel, pipe or green tubing containing 10.5 percent or more by weight of chromium, originating in or exported from Austria.

Here is the definition of “green tubes”:

Casings, tubes or other unfinished tubular products (including evolutionary tubular products for petroleum countries which may or may not already be tested, inspected and / or certified) originating in or exported from Austria and imported for use in production or finishing from petroleum countries tubular products (OCTG) meeting final specifications, including quality and connections, required for downhole use. Green tubing, as they are commonly referred to in the OCTG industry, are in-process or in-process tubing and casing that require additional processing, such as threading, heat treatment, and testing, before they can be processed. be used as fully finished oil and gas wells. casing or tubing in end-use applications.

Pup joints are short lengths of OCTG (12 feet or less) used for spacing in a drill string.

The CBSA announced on June 30 that it was conducting a separate ongoing dumping investigation of OCTG from Mexico.

Last November, Tenaris Canada announced it would invest $ 81 million in its Canadian pipe manufacturing operations in Sault, including an addition of 30,000 square feet to accommodate new cranes.

This was in addition to an earlier $ 36 million investment last summer in his Sault Ste. Mary’s operations.


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