August 17, 2000
News Release 00-110
Inv. No. 731-TA-859 (F)

CIRCULAR SEAMLESS STAINLESS STEEL HOLLOW PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN 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 circular seamless stainless steel hollow products from Japan that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

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

The Commission's public report Circular Seamless Stainless Steel Hollow Products from Japan (Investigation No. 731-TA-859 (Final), USITC Publication 3344, August 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after September 15, 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

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

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: Final 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; and United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO/CLC.
3. Investigation  instituted by the USITC:  October 26, 1999.
4. Commission's hearing: July 12, 2000.
5. Commission's briefing and vote: August 17, 2000.
6. Commission's notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: August 25, 2000.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers:  18.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Production is in Arkansas, California, Delaware,
   Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1999: 945.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 1999: less than 49,000 short tons.
5. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. consumption in 1999: less than 78 percent.


U.S. Imports in 1999:

1. From the subject country (Japan) during 1999: less than 17,000 short tons; less than
   $63 million.
2. From other countries during 1999:  20,865 short tons;  $96 million.

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