U.S. Producers of Commercial OEM Tube Express Concern With Imports from China

July 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The major producers of commercial OEM tube in the United States today noted that imports of this copper product from China have been entering the United States in large volumes that appear to reflect dumping as well as Chinese governmental subsidization. U.S. producers manufacture commercial OEM tube for use in the OEM air conditioning market in the United States.

Counsel to the domestic producers, David A. Hartquist of Kelly Drye & Warren LLP, stated, “We have been gathering information about the imports from China, and our analysis indicates that this tube is being unfairly priced as the result of dumping and countervailable subsidization. These practices are unlawful under U.S. law and the agreements of the World Trade Organization when injury to the U.S. domestic industry results.”

At a time when the general weakening of the U.S. economy has seen consumer demand decline, Hartquist added that there also appears to be significant misclassification of commercial OEM tube from China occurring upon entry into the United States and that the Chinese share of the market for this tube seems to be increasing.

“Under the circumstances,” remarked Hartquist, “we are concerned about apparent violations of U.S. law and WTO rules, and will take appropriate actions to assure compliance.”

SOURCE Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

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