Mexico has decided to maintain its countervailing duties (CVD) on imports of welded carbon and alloy steel pipes from China. The rates range from $0.356 per kg to $0.618 per kg, varying by company. The decision comes after an investigation launched earlier this year.
The Mexican Ministry of Economy (SE) has confirmed its preliminary decision to keep countervailing duties on welded carbon and alloy steel pipes imported from China. The duties will apply regardless of the product's country of origin and will range from $0.356 per kg to $0.618 per kg, depending on the company involved.
The decision follows an investigation that began on March 7, based on applications from Forza SPL, Pytco, and Tubería Laguna. These companies filed the request, arguing that the imports were causing harm to the domestic industry.
The products under investigation include carbon and alloy steel pipes with longitudinal seams. These pipes come in various shapes, such as circular, square, and rectangular sections. They are classified under multiple Harmonized System (HS) codes, including 7306.19.99, 7306.30.01, 7306.30.99, and 7306.61.01.
The review for this case was set for the period of January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. The broader analysis window was from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2022. This allowed the Ministry to thoroughly examine the impacts and make an informed decision.
Countervailing duties are a key tool for protecting domestic industries from unfair foreign competition. Countries worldwide have used them to balance the playing field, especially when there's proof that imported goods have benefited from unfair subsidies.
Mexico's decision is in line with global trends where countries are increasingly cautious about imports that might harm their domestic industries. The ruling serves as a crucial protective measure for Mexico's steel industry, which has been grappling with the effects of cheap imports.
Mexico's move to maintain the countervailing duties on steel pipes from China aims to protect its local industry from unfair competition. While the rates might seem nominal, they play a significant role in keeping the domestic market competitive and safeguarding local jobs.