January 12, 2001
News Release 01-004
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-624-625 (Review)

ITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS CONCERNING HELICAL SPRING LOCK WASHERS FROM CHINA AND TAIWAN

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of helical spring lock washers from China and Taiwan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of these products will remain in place.

With respect to China, Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the affirmative. With respect to Taiwan, Chairman Koplan and Commissioners Bragg and Hillman voted in the affirmative, and Vice Chairman Okun and Commissioner Miller voted in the negative. Commissioner Thelma J. Askey did not participate in these votes.

Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.

The Commission's public report Helical Spring Lock Washers from China and Taiwan (Invs. Nos. 731-TA-624-625 (Review), USITC Publication 3384, January 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

Copies may be requested after February 15, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or by contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax at 202-205-2104.


BACKGROUND

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.

The Commission's institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other 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.

The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury determination, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Helical Spring Lock Washers from China and Taiwan were instituted on November 2, 1999.

On February 3, 2000, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With regard to China, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, Thelma J. Askey, and Deanna Tanner Okun determined that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for a full review. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg determined that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for an expedited review. With regard to Taiwan, Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, Askey, and Okun determined that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted a full review. Chairman Bragg determined that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for an expedited review.

Information concerning the Commission's vote to conduct expedited reviews was published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2000. That notice and a record of the Commission's votes are posted on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Helical Spring Lock Washers from China" and "Helical Spring Lock Washers from Taiwan").

In addition, a record of the Commission's votes 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.

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