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NEWS RELEASE 99-091; JULY 2, 1999 July 2, 1999
News Release 99-091
Invs. Nos. AA1921-143 (Review); and 731-TA-341, 343-345, 391-397, and 399 (Review)

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING
CERTAIN BEARINGS FROM CHINA, FRANCE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, ITALY,
JAPAN, ROMANIA, SINGAPORE, SWEDEN, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping finding and antidumping duty orders on certain bearings from China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (Invs. Nos. AA1921-143 (Review) and 731-TA-341, 343-345, 391- 397, and 399 (Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of the antidumping finding and antidumping duty orders on these products would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the ITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time. Reviews of outstanding antidumping and countervailing duty orders in existence as of January 1, 1995, began in July 1998.

The Commission's notice of institution in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file with the Commission responses that discuss the likely effects of revoking the order and provide other pertinent information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the ITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

With regard to tapered roller bearings, 4 inches and under, from Japan and tapered roller bearings, over 4 inches, from Japan; tapered roller bearings from Hungary and China; and ball bearings from Italy, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were adequate and voted for full reviews.

With regard to ball bearings from Germany and France, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were adequate and voted for full reviews. Commissioner Crawford concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.

With regard to ball bearings from Romania and tapered roller bearings from Romania, Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Crawford, Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were adequate and voted for full reviews. Chairman Bragg concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.

With regard to cylindrical roller bearings from Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were adequate and voted for full reviews. Commissioner Crawford concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews were adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.

With regard to cylindrical roller bearings from France and Sweden, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews. Commissioner Crawford concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.

With regard to spherical plain bearings from France and Japan, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were adequate and voted for full reviews. Commissioner Crawford concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was inadequate and the respondent group response was adequate and voted for expedited reviews.

With regard to spherical plain bearings from Germany, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for this review were adequate and voted for a full review. Commissioner Crawford concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for this review were inadequate and voted for an expedited review.

A record of the Commission's votes on these matters is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

The record of the Commission's votes is also posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Five-Year Reviews Listing"/"Tapered Roller Bearings, 4" and Under from Japan," "Tapered Roller Bearings from China," "Tapered Roller Bearings from Hungary," "Tapered Roller Bearings from Romania," "Tapered Roller Bearings, Over 4" from Japan," "Ball, Cylindrical Roller, and Spherical Plain Bearings from Germany," "Ball, Cylindrical Roller, and Spherical Plain Bearings from France," "Ball and Cylindrical Roller Bearings from Italy," "Ball, Cylindrical Roller, and Spherical Plain Bearings from Japan," "Ball Bearings from Romania," "Ball Bearings from Singapore," "Ball and Cylindrical Roller Bearings from Sweden," and "Ball and Cylindrical Roller Bearings from the United Kingdom").

The Federal Register notice will indicate whether any further information or statements will be available. The Commission will issue a report after it completes its reviews.

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