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NEWS RELEASE 99-010; JANUARY 19, 1999 January 19, 1999
News Release 99-010
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-386 and 731-TA-812-813(P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON LIVE CATTLE FROM CANADA, BUT NOT MEXICO

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted in its preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations regarding imports of live cattle from Canada and Mexico.

With regard to Canada, the Commission made an affirmative determination that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of live cattle from Canada that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. The determination resulted from a 4-2 vote. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative. Commissioners Carol T. Crawford and Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative.

With regard to Mexico, the Commission made a negative determination that an industry in the United States is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of live cattle that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. The determination resulted from a 5-1 vote. Chairman Bragg voted in the affirmative. Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Crawford, Hillman, Koplan, and Askey voted in the negative.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations regarding Canada, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct countervailing duty and antidumping investigations of imports of live cattle from Canada, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about May 3, 1999, and its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about May 11, 1999. As a result of the ITC's negative determination regarding Mexico, the case involving imports of live cattle from Mexico will end.

The Commission's public report Live Cattle from Canada and Mexico (Investigations Nos. 701-TA-386 and 731-TA-812-813 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3155, January 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available without charge after February 9, 1999, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Live Cattle from Canada and Mexico
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-386 and 731-TA-812-813 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of these investigations, the product covered is all live cattle except imports of dairy cows for the production of milk for human consumption and purebred cattle specially imported for breeding purposes and other cattle specially imported for breeding purposes. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 0102.90.40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, with the exception of statistical reporting numbers 0102.90.40.72 and 0102.90.40.74.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Foundation ("R-Calf").
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC:  November 12, 1998.
4.  Conference:  December 2, 1998.
5.  USITC vote:  January 19, 1999.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  January 19, 1999.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. operations with cattle in 1997:  1,167,910.
2.  Production volume is concentrated in the Corn Belt and Western Rangelands.
3.  Employment of production and related workers:  Not available.
4.  U.S. producers' shipments in 1997:  41.4 billion pounds (valued at $26.2 billion).
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 1997:  43.4 billion pounds (valued at $27.3 billion).
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 1997:   
		Canada, 3.8 percent
                Mexico, 0.7 percent


U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports in 1997:    Canada:  1,659 million pounds
                                            Mexico:  297 million pounds

2.  Value of subject imports in 1997:  Canada:   $933 million
                                       Mexico:   $178 million

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