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NEWS RELEASE 99-115; AUGUST 23, 1999 August 23, 1999
News Release 99-115
Inv. No.701-TA-401 (P) and 731-TA-852-855 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON CERTAIN STRUCTURAL STEEL BEAMS
FROM JAPAN AND KOREA, BUT NOT GERMANY AND SPAIN

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 structural steel beams from Japan and Korea that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and those from Korea that are allegedly subsidized. The Commission determined that there is no reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of these products from Germany and Spain.

With regard to imports of these products from Japan and Korea, Chairman Lynn M. Bragg and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey made affirmative determinations, with Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey specifying that their determinations were based on threat. Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller made a negative determination in these investigations.

With regard to imports of these products from Germany and Spain, Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey made negative determinations. Chairman Bragg and Commissioner Crawford made affirmative determinations.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct antidumping investigations of imports of certain structural steel beams from Japan and Korea, with its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about December 14, 1999, and a countervailing duty investigation of imports of these products from Korea, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about September 30, 1999. As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, the antidumping investigations of imports of these products from Germany and Spain are ended.

The Commission's public report Certain Structural Steel Beams from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain (Investigations Nos. 701-TA-401 (Preliminary) and 731-TA-852-855 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3225, September 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after September 20, 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 Structural Steel Beams from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-401 and 731-TA-852-855 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Structural steel beams are principally load-bearing support members for a wide range of applications. Those subject to this investigation are distinguished by doubly symmetrical cross-sections, being commonly referred to as wide-flange beams, bearing or H-piles, standard or I-beams, and M-sections. Cross-sectional dimensions range from 3.2 inches to 40 inches, and weights do not exceed 400 pounds per foot of length. These beams are hot- or cold-rolled, drawn, or extruded from carbon steel, high-strength low alloy steel, or alloy steel (excluding stainless steel). The production process involves melting of steel, casting of billets, rolling billets to the desired shape and dimensions, and straightening and other finishing steps. Major end users of structural steel beams are fabricators that produce structural assemblies for construction applications (e.g., buildings, bridges, towers, and pre-manufactured residential housing), and certain original-equipment manufacturers that build ships and railroad rolling stock, among other products.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Types of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping.
2.   Petitioners:  Northwestern Steel & Wire Co., Nucor-Yamato Steel Co., TXI-Chaparral
          Steel, Inc., and The United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO.
3.   Investigations instituted by USITC:  July 7, 1999.
4.   Conference:  July 28, 1999.
5.   USITC vote:  August 23, 1999.
6.   USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  August 23, 1999.

U.S. Industry:

1.   Number of domestic producers in 1999:  Nine.
2.   Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana,
          Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  1,467.
4.   U.S. producers' shipments in 1998:  3,803,305 short tons.
5.   U.S. consumption, 1998:  5,718,152 short tons. 
6.   Ratio of quantity of all imports to U.S. consumption in 1998 (percent):  33.5.
7.   Ratio of quantity of subject imports to U.S. consumption in 1998 (percent):  24.1.

U.S. Imports:

1.   Quantity of subject imports in 1998:  1,385,891 short tons.
2.   Value of subject imports in 1998:  $470,541,000.

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