Turkey Risks Losing Half U.S. Steel Pipe Sales From Antidumping

Turkey’s steel-pipe producers may lose half of their U.S. sales if American competitors win an antidumping case against nine countries over imports.

Turkey, with a 4 percent share of the U.S. market of 3.25 million metric tons last year, will defend itself at a hearing at the U.S. Trade Department July 23, said Mehmet Zeren, head of the Turkish Steel Pipe Manufacturers’ Association in Istanbul.

Oil-pipe makers led by United States Steel Corp. (X) filed a complaint against rivals abroad who they say sell below cost in the U.S. market and in some cases benefit from state subsidies. The complaint filed with the International Trade Commission in Washington July 2 names Turkey, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam.

“We are hoping that Turkey will be excluded from the investigation because we are not subsidized and we have no dumping,” Zeren said by phone today. “We will try to explain that using Eximbank loans to finance trade is not a subsidy.”

South Korea and Vietnam have 25 percent and 8 percent of the annual U.S. steel-pipe market, respectively, he said. Use is rising as U.S. shale gas expansion spurs demand, Zeren said.

Turkish producers including Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi & Ticaret AS (BRSAN), Erbosan Erciyas Boru Sanayii & Ticaret AS (ERBOS) and Ozbal Celik Boru Sanayi Ticaret & Taahhut AS (OZBAL) will likely produce 4.45 million tons of steel pipes this year, up from 4.25 million tons valued at about $5 billion in 2012, he said.

Turkey plans to export 45 percent of its production this year, an increase from 43 percent last year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ercan Ersoy in Istanbul eersoy@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net.

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