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NEWS RELEASE 99-166; DECEMBER 10, 1999 December 10, 1999
News Release 99-166
Inv. No. 731-TA-859 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE
ON CIRCULAR SEAMLESS STAINLESS STEEL HOLLOW PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN

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 circular seamless stainless steel hollow products from Japan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey made affirmative determinations. Commissioner Carol T. Crawford 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 its antidumping investigation of imports of circular seamless stainless steel hollow products from Japan, with its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about April 3, 2000.

The Commission's public report Circular Seamless Stainless Steel Hollow Products from Japan (Investigation No. 731-TA-859 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3262, December 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after January 7, 2000, 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

Circular Seamless Stainless Steel Hollow Products from Japan
Investigation No.731-TA-859 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are seamless stainless steel hollow products, including pipes, tubes, redraw hollows, and hollow bars, of circular cross-section, both hot- and cold-finished, and regardless of diameter, wall thickness, specification, grade, or intended use.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Altx, Inc., Watervliet, NY; American Extruded Products, PMAC Ltd.,
     Beaver Falls, PA; DMV Stainless USA Inc., Houston, TX; Pennsylvania Extruded
     Tube Co., Clarks Summit, PA; Salem Tube, Inc., Greenville, PA; Sandvik Steel Co.,
     Scranton, PA; International Extruded Products LLC d/b/a Wyman-Gordon Energy
     Products-IXP Buffalo, Buffalo, NY;  and United Steelworkers of America,
     AFL-CIO/CLC.
3. Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC:  October 26, 1999.
4. Commission's conference:  November 16, 1999.
5. Commission's vote:  December 10, 1999.
6. Commission's notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce:  December 10, 1999.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 1998:  15.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Production is primarily in Arkansas, California,
     Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  834.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  56,287 short tons.
5. Ratio of quantity of imports to U.S. consumption in 1998:  84 percent.


U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject country (Japan) during 1998:  23,492 tons;  $90 million.
2. From other countries during 1998:  23,791 tons;  $106 million.

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