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NEWS RELEASE 00-106; AUGUST 3, 2000 August 3, 2000
News Release 00-106
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-703 and 705 (Review)

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING FURFURYL ALCOHOL FROM CHINA AND THAILAND

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping duty orders on furfuryl alcohol from China and Thailand (Invs. Nos. 731-TA-703 and 705 (Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of the orders on this product would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the ITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time. Reviews of outstanding antidumping and countervailing duty orders began in July 1998.

The Commission's notice of institution in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file with the Commission responses that discuss the likely effects of revoking the order under review and provide other pertinent information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the ITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for both countries were adequate and voted for full reviews. With respect to Thailand, Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were adequate and voted for a full review. With respect to China, Commissioner Bragg concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and that the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted a full review.

A record of the Commission's votes on these matters is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

The record of the Commission's votes is also posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Five-Year Reviews Listing"/"Furfuryl Alcohol from China" and "Furfuryl Alcohol from Thailand").

The Federal Register notice will indicate whether any further information or statements will be available. The Commission will issue a report after it completes its reviews.

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