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NEWS RELEASE 99-156; NOVEMBER 9, 1999 November 9, 1999
News Release 99-156
Inv. No. 731-TA-812 (Final)

LIVE CATTLE FROM CANADA
DO NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made a negative final determination, finding that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of live cattle from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are 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 made a negative determination. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg made an affirmative determination.

As a result of the negative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will not impose antidumping duties on these imports.

The Commission's public report Live Cattle from Canada (Investigation No. 731-TA-812 (Final), USITC Publication 3255, November 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after December 8, 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

Live Cattle from Canada
Investigation No. 731-TA-812 (Final)

Product Description:

The products covered by this investigation are all live cattle except imports of: (1) bison, (2) dairy cows for the production of milk for human consumption, and (3) purebred cattle and other cattle specially imported for breeding purposes. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 0102.90.40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), with the exception of statistical reporting numbers 0102.90.4010, 0102.90.4072, and 0102.90.4074.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Foundation ("R-Calf").
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  July 8, 1999.
4. Hearing: October 6, 1999.
5. USITC vote: November 9, 1999.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  November 17, 1999.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. operations with cattle in 1998:  1,115,650.
2. Production volume is concentrated in the Corn Belt and Western Rangelands.
3. Employment of production and related workers:  Not available.
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 1998: 41.4 billion pounds (valued at $24.7 billion).
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 1998:  43.3 billion pounds (valued at $25.8 billion).
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 1998:  Canada, 3.7 percent.


U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 1998:  Canada:  1,623 million pounds.
2. Value of subject imports in 1998:  Canada:  $894 million.

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