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NEWS RELEASE 00-085; JUNE 30, 2000 June 30, 2000
News Release 00-085
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-831, 832, 835, & 837 (F)

CERTAIN COLD-ROLLED STEEL PRODUCTS FROM CHINA, INDONESIA, SLOVAKIA, AND TAIWAN DO NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain cold-rolled steel products from China, Indonesia, Slovakia, and Taiwan that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative with respect to all four investigations. Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg voted in the affirmative with respect to all four investigations.

As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, no antidumping duties will be imposed on these imports.

The Commission's public report Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Products from China, Indonesia, Slovakia, and Taiwan (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-831, 832, 835, and 837 (Final), USITC Publication 3320, July 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after July 31, 2000, 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

Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Products from China, Indonesia, Slovakia, and Taiwan(1)
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-831-832, 835, and 837 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is certain cold-rolled (cold-reduced) carbon-quality steel flat products, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal, whether or not annealed, painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances, both in coils and in straight lengths.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations:  final antidumping.
2. Petitioners: Bethlehem Steel Corp., Bethlehem, PA; Gulf States Steel, Inc., Gadsden, AL; Ispat
   Inland Inc., East Chicago, IN; LTV Steel Co., Inc., Cleveland, OH; National Steel Corp.,
   Mishawaka, IN; Steel Dynamics, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN; U.S. Steel Group, a unit of USX Corp.,
   Pittsburgh, PA; Weirton Steel Corp., Weirton, WV; United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh,
   PA; and Independent Steelworkers Union, Weirton, WV.
3. Investigations instituted by the USITC: June 2, 1999.
4. USITC hearing: January 20, 2000.
5. USITC vote: June 30, 2000.
6. USITC notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: July 10, 2000.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers of cold-rolled steel products:  30.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Production is primarily in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois,
   Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1998: 21,637.
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports)  in 1998:
         Including captive consumption, 33,976,667 short tons (valued at $14.7 billion)
         Open market shipments, 13,850,413 short tons (valued at $6.4 billion)
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 1998:
         Including captive consumption, 37,591,439 short tons (valued at $16.2 billion)
         Open market consumption, 17,465,185 short tons (valued at $7.9 billion)
6. Ratio of quantity of imports from China, Indonesia, Slovakia, and Taiwan to U.S. apparent
   consumption in 1998:
         Including captive consumption, 0.9 percent.
         Open market shipments, 1.9 percent.


U.S. Imports in 1998:

1. From China, Indonesia, Slovakia, and Taiwan: 339,979 short tons, $134 million.
(1) Concurrent antidumping investigations were carried out with respect to imports from Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. On March 3, 2000, the Commission made negative determinations with respect to Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and Thailand. On April 27, 2000, the Commission made negative determinations with respect to Turkey and Venezuela.

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