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U.S. industries strongly opposed to tariffs against Chinese pipe imports

The U.S. industries Thursday expressed strong dissatisfaction with a U.S. decision to impose preliminary duties on imports of China-made steel pipes, saying such a protectionist move would hurt U.S. companies.

The trade restrictions would "hurt U.S. using industries by raising their costs and making sources of supply uncertain," Eugene Patrone, executive director of the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition (CITAC) told Xinhua.

He noted that the tariffs would make oil and gas exploration and production more expensive and delay projects, "which is against our national goal of being less dependent on imported energy."

The U.S. Commerce Department issued a preliminary decision on Wednesday to impose duties ranging from 10.9 percent to 30.6 percent on steel pipe imports from China. The Commerce charged that China is unfairly subsidizing exports of the 2.6 billion dollar oil country tubular goods, which are used for oil and gas wells.

"There are already more new cases under the anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws in the U.S. this year than all of 2008. Most of these new cases involve Chinese products," said Patrone.

"CITAC believes the trade laws are too protectionist and fail to consider the impact on downstream industries," he added.

China also strongly opposed the U.S. decision, saying that it is a protectionist move.

"China expressed strong dissatisfaction and is resolutely opposed to this," said China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) spokesman Yao Jian in a statement.

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 Source : Xinhua  Editor: Ivy
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