US DOC denies Texas pipe mill 232 relief

Posted on 11 July 2018

Source: Kallanish

The US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has slapped down 19 requests for 232 relief from Borusan Mannesmann Pipe US Inc. This happens despite the company's plea that failing to get a tariff exclusion will seriously compromise its competitiveness, Kallanish reports.

Borusan, an offshoot of the Turkish company of the same name, requested relief from US President Donald Trump's 25% tariffs on the grounds that the tariff will cost the company at least $30 million.

"Borusan needs the products produced by its own mill in Turkey to supplement its own domestic production in order to remain economically viable and to be able to make additional investments in its Baytown, Texas mill," the company wrote in its exclusion request.

That request - repeated 19 times for 19 separate products - has been flatly denied by the bureau, a division of the US Department of Commerce.

"BIS accepts ITA’s (International Trade Administration's) recommended findings as to the domestic availability of the product and finds that no overriding national security concerns require that this exclusion request be granted notwithstanding the domestic availability," the bureau responds.


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