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NEWS RELEASE 99-042; APRIL 2, 1999 April 2, 1999
News Release 99-042
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-387-392 and 731-TA-815-822(P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON CERTAIN CUT-TO-LENGTH STEEL PLATE FROM FRANCE,
INDIA, INDONESIA, ITALY, JAPAN, AND KOREA,
BUT NOT THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND MACEDONIA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made its determinations in its preliminary phase countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations involving certain cut-to-length steel plate from the Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Macedonia.

With regard to imports from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, and Korea, the Commission made affirmative determinations that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured reason of imports of certain cut-to-length steel plate that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Commission also made an affirmative determination that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of certain cut-to-length steel plate from Japan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. The affirmative determinations resulted from 6-0 votes, with Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voting in the affirmative.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct respective countervailing duty and antidumping investigations of imports of certain cut-to-length steel plate from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Korea, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about May 12, 1999, and its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about July 26, 1999.

With regard to imports from the Czech Republic and Macedonia, the Commission made findings of negligibility. Imports are generally deemed "negligible" if they amounted to less than 3 percent of all such merchandise imported into the United States in the most recent 12- month period for which data are available preceding the filing of the petition. The Commission's negligibility finding with respect to the Czech Republic resulted from a 5-1 vote, with Chairman Bragg making an affirmative threat determination and Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Crawford, Hillman, Koplan, and Askey finding that imports from this country were negligible. The Commission's negligibility finding with respect to Macedonia resulted from a 6-0 vote, with all Commissioners finding that imports from this country were negligible. As a result of the Commission's negligiblity findings, the investigations regarding these countries are terminated.

The Commission's public report Certain Cut-to-Length Steel Plate from the Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Macedonia (Investigations Nos. 701-TA- 387-392 and 731-TA-815-822 (Preliminary)), USITC Publication 3181, April 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after April 30, 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

Certain Cut-to-Length Steel Plate
from the Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Macedonia
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-387-392 (Preliminary) and
731-TA-815-822 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations, cut-to-length (CTL) hot-rolled steel plate, is iron or non-alloy steel flat-rolled product, not in coils, nominally 4.75 mm or more in thickness and greater than 150 mm in width, as well as universal mill plate of 4 mm or more in thickness, excluding products that have been clad, plated, or coated with metal.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and preliminary antidumping.(1)
2.  Petitioners: Bethlehem Steel Corp., Bethlehem, PA; U.S. Steel Group, a unit of USX
    Corp., Pittsburgh, PA; Gulf States Steel, Inc., Gadsden, AL(2); IPSCO Steel, Inc.,
    Muscatine, IA; Tuscaloosa Steel Corp., Tuscaloosa, AL(3); and United Steelworkers of
    America.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: February 16, 1999.
4.  Commission's conference: March 9, 1999.
5.  Commission's vote: April 2, 1999.
6.  Commission's notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: April 2, 1999.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 1998: 13 steel mills and at least 22 steel processors.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Production is primarily in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois,
    Indiana, Iowa, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  8,326.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998: 9.4 million short tons,  $4.1 billion.
5.  Ratio of quantity of imports to U.S. consumption in 1998:  23.8 percent.

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject countries during 1998: 1.3 million short tons,  $531 million.
2.  From other countries during 1998: 932 thousand short tons,  $419 million.


(1) Preliminary antidumping only with respect to the investigations on the Czech Republic and Japan.
(2) Gulf States is not a petitioner with respect to the investigations on France.
(3) Tuscaloosa is not a petitioner with respect to the investigations on the Czech Republic, France, and Italy.

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