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Operation Piping Hot: Protecting the U.S. Steel Industry from Illegal Foreign Competition

Release Date: 
August 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) executed Operation Piping Hot from August 21-24, targeting illegal importations of steel pipe and tubing in an effort to protect U.S. industry from unfair foreign competition.

CBP South Florida National Targeting and Analysis Group as well as the CBP Southwest Regional Science Center's mobile laboratory unit teamed up with officials at the Port of Laredo to target suspect shipments of steel pipe and tubing for examination, conduct field tests, and collect samples for further analysis.

CBP South Florida National Targeting and Analysis Group as well as the CBP Southwest Regional Science Center's mobile laboratory unit teamed up with officials at the Port of Laredo to target suspect shipments of steel pipe and tubing for examination, conduct field tests, and collect samples for further analysis.

During the operation, the CBP South Florida National Targeting and Analysis Group as well as the CBP Southwest Regional Science Center's mobile laboratory unit teamed up with officials at the Port of Laredo to target suspect shipments of steel pipe and tubing for examination, conduct field tests, and collect samples for further analysis. These imports are being sold in the United States at artificially low prices that threaten domestic industry's ability to sell locally produced steel pipe and tubing at a competitive price.

"This operation is an excellent example of CBP's continued commitment to protect our domestic industries from unlawful business practices that endanger our economy," said Allen Gina, Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade. "By leveraging CBP's diverse resources, we quickly and efficiently examined shipments thereby facilitating the flow of legitimate goods through the Port of Laredo."

CBP is charged with protecting U.S. industry from unlawful foreign competition and collecting all revenue due to the U.S. government that arises from the importation of goods. When a domestic industry is under threat from illegal foreign competition the Department of Commerce establishes an antidumping duty rate that CBP collects.

Operation Piping Hot is just one example of CBP's ongoing efforts to pursue commercial enforcement actions against foreign companies that seek to harm domestic industry by evading antidumping duty payments. For additional information on CBP's Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty efforts please visit CBP.gov.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017