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U.S. sharply cuts anti-dumping tariffs on S. Korean oil pipeline products

All News 14:57 February 05, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- The United States has decided to slash its anti-dumping tariffs on oil pipeline products from South Korean steelmakers, industry sources said Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said it plans to impose a tariff of 3.45 percent to 4.81 percent on South Korean oil pipelines, far lower than the earlier proposal of up to 38.87 percent in June.

Oil pipelines are used to move crude and natural gas from oil fields. South Korean pipeline exports to the U.S. were valued at US$350 million in 2018.

The final decision will be delivered in May.

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By company, the tariff for pipelines from Nexteel Co. came to 4.81 percent, followed by SeAH Steel Corp. with 3.4 percent and other firms with 3.99 percent.

Under the previous ruling, Nexteel's tariffs stood at a whopping 38.87 percent, while those for SeAH were 27.38 percent.

The U.S. department said the rates were based on the "particular market situation" regulations that allow for high tariff rates on goods from countries where export prices are believed to have deviated from those of the domestic market.

Last year, Washington also decided to lower the countervailing duties on hot-rolled steel products from South Korean steelmaker POSCO to 0.55 percent from the previous 41.57 percent.

colin@yna.co.kr
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