Sucker Rods 2
Dumping (Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico)

Product Information

Product Definition

The subject goods are defined as:

“Sucker rods, including pony rods, with or without couplings attached and with or without guides attached, manufactured to American Petroleum Institute (API) 11B specifications, equivalent standards or proprietary standards, including in a finished or semi finished state, made of solid steel, including carbon, alloy and special grades of steel, of 2.5 inches (63.5 mm) or less in diameter of rod body, with stated measurements subject to permissible tolerances originating in or exported from the Argentine Republic, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the United Mexican States.”

Additional Product Information

Sucker rods are lengths of steel, usually with externally threaded ends, connected by couplings to form a rod string. In an oil or gas well, the rod string connects the above-ground drive to the down well pump(s). Sucker rods are usually produced to 25 feet in length but can be longer.

Pony rods are shorter lengths of sucker rods used to obtain the proper length of a rod string when a full sucker rod would make the string too long. Pony rods are connected to each other, or to sucker rods, with couplings. They are usually produced in lengths of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 feet. Pony rods are usually made in the same diameters as sucker rods in the rod string.

Sucker rods are “semi finished” at any point following the forming of the ends of the material input (i.e. solid bar) into the essential sucker rod shape (e.g. forging) which typically creates the pin shoulder, wrench square and transition/upset of the sucker rod.

The diameter of the sucker rod always refers to the outer diameter of the rod body, rather than any part of the forged end.

Special grades of steel referred to in the product definition include steel grades which may not meet standard industry specifications including proprietary grades.

For greater clarity, the product definition does not cover:

  • Polished rods, which are above ground connections to the rod strings;
  • Sinker bars, which are used to add weight to the rod string;
  • Fiberglass sucker rods (Fiber reinforced plastic);
  • Hollow sucker rods; and
  • Continuous sucker rods.

A “polished rod” connects the rest of the rod string to the above-ground drive. A polished rod is a special rod required to endure exposure to the surface conditions, unlike sucker rods which remain below ground the entire time they are being used. The polished rod’s placement requires particular sizing and characteristics which make it quite different from a sucker rod.

A “sinker bar” is at the opposite end from the polished rod, as it connects the sucker rod string to the pump. The bar provides weight so that the tool will lower properly into the well.

A fiberglass sucker rod or pony rod is typically manufactured in three pieces and assembled by a process that provides connection of two metal end-fittings connected to a non-metallic fiber reinforced plastic rod body.

A hollow sucker rod is made of seamless steel pipe, and the screw thread joint is connected with the rod body through friction welding and heat treatment. Hollow sucker rod is used for the exploitation of heavy oil, high freezing point and waxy crude oil. The hollow rod presents the ability to inject diluents through the hollow rod in progressive cavity pumping (PCP) operations. There is no indication that these goods are manufactured in Canada.

Continuous (coiled) sucker rods have an entire rod string in one piece with only two connections; one at the top and one at the bottom. These rods are available in either round or elliptical configurations. Continuous rod eliminates all the couplings along the entire wellbore except for the top connection to the polished rod and the bottom connection to the pump itself.

Investigation Information

The dates of the investigative proceeding concerning this case are:

Action Date
Initiation of Investigations September 30, 2019
Notice of Preliminary Determinations December 30, 2019
Acceptance of Undertakings March 20, 2020
Tariff Classification Numbers

The goods in question are usually classified under the following tariff classification number:

  • 8413.91.00.10

Please note that this classification number may apply to goods which are not subject to SIMA measures, may change because of amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff, or the subject goods may be imported under HS classification numbers that are not listed. Refer to the product definition for the authoritative details regarding the subject goods. For more information on the Harmonized System classification numbers, please refer to the CBSA's Harmonized System Compliance Web site.

Duty Liability
(Anti-dumping duty)

Country of Origin or Export: the Argentine Republic, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the United Mexican States.

On March 20, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), pursuant to paragraph 49(1) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), has accepted the undertakings offered by exporting parties Metalmecanica S.A. from Argentina, Tenaris Confab Hastes de Bombeio S.A. from Brazil, and Tubos de Acero de Mexico S.A. from Mexico.

Accordingly, pursuant to section 50 of SIMA, the CBSA suspended the collection of provisional duties with respect to the subject goods and suspended the investigation for as long as the undertakings are in force.

Disclosure of Normal Values and Amounts of Subsidy

The liability for provisional anti-dumping duty results from the proceeding conducted under SIMA. For more information, please consult Memorandum D14-1-7, Assessment and Payment of Duties Under the Special Import Measures Act.

For information on duty assessment, refer to the Guide for self assessing SIMA duties.

Information Required on Customs Documents

The import documentation should include the information listed below. Failure to provide this information may result in the application of penalties to the importer, pursuant to the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).

The import documentation should clearly indicate the following:

  • Confirmation whether the product is subject to anti-dumping and/or countervailing duties
  • Name and address of producer/manufacturer
  • Location of plant/mill of production
  • Place from which direct shipment to Canada began
  • Name and address of vendor (if different from the producer)
  • Country of origin
  • Country of export
  • Canadian customer’s name and address
  • Canadian importer’s name and address (if different from the customer)
  • Full product description of the goods, including:
    • Product Type (sucker or pony rod)
    • Grade
    • Specification (i.e., API 11B or other proprietary standard)
    • Rod body outside diameter
    • Length
    • End Finish (including thread type, grade/class of couplings)
  • Date of sale, date of shipment
  • Quantity (pieces)
  • Unit selling price and total selling price to importer in Canada
  • Currency of settlement used (e.g. US$, CDN$, etc.)
  • Terms and conditions of sale (e.g. FOB, CIF, etc.)
  • All costs, expenses, and charges incurred by the exporter and vendor in the shipment of the subject goods to Canada (includes inland and ocean freight, insurance, duties, port and handling charges, etc.) and,
  • The amount of any export taxes applicable to the goods.
Email for Duty Assessment Questions

CBSA Reference Number(s)
  • SR2 2019 IN
CITT Reference Number(s)
  • NQ-2019-001
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