THE CZECH Republic has launched an investigation into concerns about increases in imports of certain welded tubes and pipes, of iron or non-alloy steel and of circular or non-circular cross-section, which it claims are damaging its producer industry to such an extent that temporary safeguard duties may have to be imposed. Prague has told the World Trade Organisation that imports of the product increased to 144,757 tons in 2001, an increase of 147.5 per cent, compared to three years average of 1998-2000 when trade volumes were 98,111 tons.

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