Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Preliminary Motion in Favor of Vallourec to End Unfair Trade Practices that Hurt Workers in Northeast Ohio | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Preliminary Motion in Favor of Vallourec to End Unfair Trade Practices that Hurt Workers in Northeast Ohio

August 21, 2020
Press Release

Youngtown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauded the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)’s affirmative vote to allow the investigation to continue with Vallourec’s antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVC) petitions. This is an important first step to ensuring the company and its employees receive the intended relief from the impacts of unfairly dumped and subsidized imports of seamless pipe from Czechia, Korea, Russia, and Ukraine. Ryan wrote a letter of support to ITC Chairman Jason Kearns on behalf of Vallourec’s petitions on July 27th. 

Vallourec Star, LP is a global leader in the production of energy tubular products and the largest producer of such products in the United States. Their seamless steel tubular products are primarily used in the energy sector to extract and transport oil and gas throughout the United States. Over the past few years, imports of these products have increased from Czechia, Korea, Russia, and Ukraine. Vallourec filed their petitions with the ITC on imports of certain tubular products on July 8th. The ITC held its preliminary meeting on their petitions July 29th. The company has three facilities in the U.S. including its largest facility in Youngstown, Ohio.

“Unfortunately, unfair trade practices have hurt communities in Northeast Ohio and across the United States for decades; just this year, 59 of our local jobs were permanently cut from the Vallourec facility in Youngstown. As a country, we must stand up and speak out against these practices. We must enact policies that favor the American worker," said Congressman Tim Ryan. "Today’s ITC ruling is an important first step in that direction. By leveling the playing field for domestic industry leaders like Vallourec, we’re standing behind our workers and ensuring our economy will be competitive now and into the future.”

In April, Vallourec announced it would cut one third of its work force, more than 900 total employees, in Northeast Ohio and their other facilities across the country. 

The full text of Ryan’s support letter can be read below and at this link.

The Honorable Jason Kearns
Chairman
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20436

Re: Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe from Czechia, Korea, Russia and Ukraine
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-654-655 and 731-TA-1529-1532

Dear Chairman Kearns:

We understand that the Commission will hold a preliminary conference on July 29, 2020 to consider antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions on imports of certain Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe from Czechia, Korea, Russia and Ukraine.  These petitions were filed on July 8, 2020 by Vallourec Star, LP, a global leader in the production of energy tubular products and the largest producer of energy tubular products in the United States. The company has three facilities in the U.S. including its largest facility in Youngstown, Ohio, which is located in my congressional district.

These seamless steel tubular products are primarily used in the energy sector to extract and transport oil and gas throughout the United States.  Over the past few years, imports of these products have increased from the subject countries in this investigation.  Of concern to the domestic industry is the unfair practice of dumping and subsidization of imports which have created challenging economic conditions for the industry and its workers. The industry alleged dumping margins in the ranges of 48-49% for Czechia; 119-132% for Korea; 30-246% for Russia and 40% for Ukraine.  Significant subsidy programs are also alleged in the petition on imports from Korea and Russia. 

We recognize the importance of the domestic industry and its role in the U.S. economy.  We also know that it is important that the industry and its workers have the tools to challenge unfair trade and that the appropriate remedy will allow them to regain their footing and compete now and into the future.  

We thank the Commission for providing us with this opportunity to comment on this important matter.

Sincerely,

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