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NEWS RELEASE 99-097; JULY 9, 1999 July 9, 1999
News Release 99-097
Inv. No. 731-TA-827 (P)

ITC VOTES TO END INVESTIGATION OF NITRILE RUBBER FROM KOREA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made a negative determination in its preliminary phase antidumping investigation involving nitrile rubber from Korea.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey all voted in the negative, finding no reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of nitrile rubber from Korea that are allegedly dumped in the United States.

As a result of the Commission's negative determination, this investigation will be terminated.

The Commission's public report Nitrile Rubber from Korea (Investigation No. 731-TA-827 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3210, July 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after August 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

Nitrile Rubber from Korea
Investigation No. 731-TA-827 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The product covered in this investigation consists of certain types of emulsion-polymerized, solid nitrile rubber, excluding any additives or chemicals used in the further processing of the subject product. Nitrile rubber is produced as an intermediate product, and is used to formulate custom "masterbatches" and rubber compounds which are in turn used to produce gaskets, oil seals, shoe soles, industrial belting, and miscellaneous specialty rubber products. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 4002.59.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.   Petitioners: Zeon Chemicals, L.P., Louisville, KY; and Uniroyal Chemical Co., Inc.,
          Middlebury, CT
3.   Investigation instituted by USITC: May 27, 1999.
4.   Conference: June 17, 1999.
5.   USITC vote: July 9, 1999.
6.   USITC notification of Department of Commerce: July 12, 1999.


U.S. Industry:
1.   Number of U.S. firms in 1998: Four.
2.   Location of producers' plants: Baton Rouge, LA; Houston, TX; Louisvile, KY; and Painesville, OH.
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1998: 266
4.   U.S. producers' shipments in 1998: 66 million pounds.
5.   U.S. apparent consumption in 1998: 153 million pounds.
6.   Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 1998:  56.9 percent.


U.S. Imports:
1.   Quantity of subject imports in 1998:  3.2 million pounds.
2.   Value of subject imports in 1998:  $1.8 million. 

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