November 20, 2000
News Release 00-144
Inv. No. 731-TA-864(F)

CERTAIN STAINLESS STEEL BUTT-WELD PIPE FITTINGS FROM GERMANY DO NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that imports of the subject merchandise from Germany were negligible for purposes of the Commission's analysis of material injury by reason of imports of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Germany. However, the Commission determined that there was a potential that such imports would imminently exceed three percent of total imports. The Commission also determined that an industry in the United States is not threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Germany 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 Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative.

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 Certain Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Germany (Investigation No. 731-TA-864 (Final), USITC Publication 3372, November 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after December 20, 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.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Germany
Investigation No. 731-TA-864 (Final)

Product Description:
Certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings are under 14 inches in outside diameter (based on nominal pipe size), whether finished or unfinished. The product encompasses all grades of stainless steel and "commodity" and "specialty" fittings. Specifically excluded from the definition are threaded, grooved, and bolted fittings, and fittings made from any material other than stainless steel. The fittings subject to this investigation are generally designated under specification ASTM A403/A403M, the standard specification for Wrought Austenitic Stainless Steel Piping Fittings, or its foreign equivalents (e.g., DIN or JIS specifications). This specification covers two general classes of fittings, WP and CR, of wrought austenitic stainless steel fittings of seamless and welded construction covered by the latest revisions of ANSI B16.9, ANSI B16.11, and ANSI B16.28. Pipe fittings manufactured to specification ASTM A774, or its foreign equivalents, are also covered by these investigations. These investigations do not apply to cast fittings. Cast austenitic stainless steel pipe fittings are covered by specifications A351/A351M, A743/743M, and A744/A744M. The stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings subject to this investigation are currently classifiable under subheading 7307.23.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, Commerce's written description of the scope in this investigation is dispositive.

Status of Proceedings:
    1. Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping.
    2. Petitioners:  Alloy Piping Products, Inc.; Flowline Division of Markovitz Enterprises, Inc.; Gerlin,
         Inc.; and Taylor Forge Stainless, Inc.
    3. Final phase investigation instituted by USITC:  August 2, 2000.
    4. Public hearing:  October 17, 2000.
    5. USITC vote:  November 20, 2000.
    6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  November 29, 2000.

U.S. Industry:
    1. Number of producers in 1999:  Twelve.
    2. Location of producers' plants:  California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey,
         New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin.
    3. Employment of production and related workers in 1999:  445.
    4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 1999:  $104,862,000.
    5. Ratio of the value of U.S. imports from all countries to apparent U.S. consumption in 1999:1/

U.S. Imports:
    1. From subject country in 1999: 1/
    2. From other countries in 1999: 1/
    3. From all countries in 1999:  $47,827,000.

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1 Withheld to avoid disclosure of confidential business information.