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NEWS RELEASE 99-104; JULY 22, 1999 July 22, 1999
News Release 99-104
Inv. No. 731-TA-841 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE
ON CERTAIN NONFROZEN CONCENTRATED APPLE JUICE FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain nonfrozen concentrated apple juice from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the affirmative. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct an antidumping investigation of imports of certain nonfrozen concentrated apple juice from China, with its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about November 15, 1999.

The Commission's public report Certain Nonfrozen Concentrated Apple Juice from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-841 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3216, 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 19, 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 Nonfrozen Concentrated Apple Juice from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-841 (Preliminary)

Product Description:

The imported product subject to this investigation is nonfrozen concentrated apple juice (NFCAJ), with a Brix value of 40 or greater, whether or not containing sugar or other sweetening matter. NFCAJ is a single-strength apple juice that has had the apple essence and most of the water removed, resulting in a clear liquid that can be converted back into single- strength apple juice at a ratio of one gallon of NFCAJ making about 7.5 gallons of single- strength apple juice. NFCAJ is used principally to make apple juice, cider, and blended fruit juices. NFCAJ is also used as an ingredient in other juice drinks, in carbonated and other beverages, and as a replacement for sucrose or corn syrup in such products as cookies, cereal, and health foods.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation: Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Coloma Frozen Foods, Inc., Coloma, MI; Green Valley Packers, Arvin, CA;
    Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc., Peach Glen, PA; Mason County Fruit Packers,
    Ludington, MI; and, Tree Top, Inc., Selah, WA.
3.  Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC: June 7, 1999.
4.  Commission's conference: June 28, 1999.
5.  USITC vote: July 22, 1999
6.  USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce: July 22, 1999.


U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 1998: Sixteen.
2.  Location of producers' plants: Washington, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New
    York.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 1998: 266.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998: $267.3 million.
5.  Ratio of total U.S. production to total U.S. consumption in 1998: 23.6.


U.S. Imports:
1.  From the subject country during 1998: $33.4 million.
2.  From other countries during 1998: $170.8 million.
3.  Leading source during 1998: Argentina (in terms of total value).

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