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NEWS RELEASE 99-168; DECEMBER 13, 1999 December 13, 1999
News Release 99-168
Inv. No. 731-TA-860 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON TIN- AND CHROMIUM-COATED STEEL SHEET 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 by reason of imports of tin- and chromium-coated steel sheet 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 this product from Japan, with its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about April 5, 2000.

The Commission's public report Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel Sheet from Japan (Investigation No. 731-TA-860 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3264, 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 10, 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.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel Sheet from Japan
Investigation No. 731-TA-860 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Tin- and chromium-coated steel sheet is an intermediate product used to manufacture containers and caps of containers for both food and non-food products. Chromium-coated steel sheet is more corrosion-resistant than tin-coated steel sheet and is used primarily for two-piece beer and soft drink cans and ends. Tin-coated steel sheet is typically used in welded food, beverage, aerosol and paint cans. To manufacture both tin- and chromium-coated steel sheet, strips of hot-rolled sheet are cold-rolled to approximate the user's desired thickness, followed by annealing (heat treating) and either temper rolling or a second cold reduction before being electroplated with either tin or chromium.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Weirton Steel Corp.; the United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO; and
        the Independent Steelworkers Union.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  October 28, 1999.
4. Conference:  November 18, 1999.
5. USITC vote:  December 13, 1999.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 13, 1999.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of Producers:  Seven.
2. Location of producers' plants:   Production facilities are located in West Virginia,
       Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and California.
3. Employment of production and related workers, 1998:  5,635.
4.    U.S. shipments, 1998:  3,247,236 short tons (valued at $1.99 billion).


U.S. Imports:

1. Quantity and value of subject imports from foreign producers in 1998:  481,611 short tons
       (valued at $322 million).
2. Quantity and value of subject imports from Japan in 1998:  231,507 short tons (valued at
       $159 million).
3.     Ratio of U.S. imports from Japan to U.S. consumption, by quantity:  6 percent.
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