The American Line Pipe Producers Association (ALPPA) has applauded the US International Trade Commission's decision to maintain its anti-dumping order imposed on Japanese welded large diameter line pipe (WLDLP).

The decision means that dumping duties on Japanese WLDLP will remain in place for at least five more years. These duties are in addition to the 25% Section 232 duties currently in place on US imports of WLDLP.

Tim Brightbill, counsel to ALPPA, commented: "The ITC correctly recognised that Japanese WLDLP will quickly return to the US market in injurious volumes and at injurious prices if the dumping order is revoked."

Brightbill added that maintaining the order was critical to domestic WLDLP producers and workers.

The ITC's decision has been described as a 'sunset review' that followed a full investigation of whether revocation of the order would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic industry. Maintaining the status quo on Japanese WLDLP comes hot on the heels of recent trade order impositions on large diameter welded pipe from Canada, China, Greece, India, Korea and Turkey.

ALPPA says that such trade order impositions send an important message: that international trade must be fair.