May 24, 1999
News Release 99-071
Inv. No. 731-TA-805 (F)

ELASTIC RUBBER TAPE FROM INDIA
DOES NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made a negative final determination, finding that an industry in the United States is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of elastic rubber tape from India that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The negative determination resulted as follows. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman and Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative. Commissioners Carol T. Crawford and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative.

The ITC's vote in this final phase antidumping duty investigation was held on May 24, 1999, under section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. As a result of the negative determination, no antidumping duties will be imposed on imports of elastic rubber tape from India.

The Commission's public report Elastic Rubber Tape from India (Investigation No. 731-TA- 805 (Final), USITC Publication 3200, June 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after June 22, 1999, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Elastic Rubber Tape from India
Investigation No. 731-TA-805 (Final)

Product Description:

The imported product subject to this investigation is a vulcanized, non-cellular rubber strip, of either natural or synthetic rubber that measures 0.006 inches to 0.100 inches (0.15 mm to 2.54 mm) in thickness, and 0.125 inch to 1.625 inches (3 mm to 42 mm) in width. It is principally used in underwear and swimwear for the leg closures. Elastic rubber tape is also used in limited amounts in other apparel, as well as in fitted bed sheets and in certain health care products.

Status of Proceedings:

  1.   Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
  2.   Petitioners: Fulflex, Inc., Middletown, RI; and Elastomer Technologies Group, Inc.,
       Stuart, VA, and RM Engineered Products, Inc., North Charleston, SC.
  3.   Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC:  August 18, 1998.
  4.   Commission's hearing: April 20,  1999.
  5.   USITC vote: May 24, 1999.
  6.   USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce: June 1, 1999.

U.S. Industry:

  1.   Number of producers in 1998:  Three.
  2.   Location of producers' plants:  Scotland Neck, NC; North Charleston, SC; and Stuart, VA.
  3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1998: (1)  
  4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  (1)
  5.   Ratio of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption in  1998:  (1)

U.S. Imports:

  1.   From the subject country during 1998:  (1)
  2.   From other countries during 1998:  Zero.
  3.   Leading source during 1998:  India.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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