April 6, 2001
News Release 01-045
Inv. No. 731-TA-921 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON FOLDING GIFT BOXES FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of folding gift boxes from China that are allegedly 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 Dennis M. Devaney voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation of imports of folding gift boxes from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about July 30, 2001.

The Commission's public report Folding Gift Boxes from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-921 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3411, April 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 4, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Folding Gift Boxes from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-921 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Folding gift boxes (FGBs) are a type of folding carton manufactured from paper or paperboard. FGBs are often decorated with a holiday motif but may also be printed with a single color or left plain white. They may have handles, may be finished or unfinished, and may be either one-piece or multi-piece configuration. FGBs are generally packaged in shrink-wrap or cellophane in single or multi-box packs for sale to retail customers. FGBs with a retailer's name, logo, or trademark on the top exterior are excluded. (Such "not-for-resale" FGBs are provided free by department and specialty stores to their retail customers.) Also excluded are FGBs manufactured from paperboard more than 0.8 millimeters thick, corrugated paperboard, or paper mache, small FGBs (less than 9 inches long on all sides), and FGBs that are both single color and that are not packaged in shrink-wrap or cellophane. Imports of FGBs are classified under HTS subheadings 4819.20.0040 and 4819.50.4060.

Status of Proceedings:
1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.   Petitioners: Field Container Company, L.P. and Harvard Folding Box Company, Inc.
3.   Investigation instituted by USITC:  February 20, 2001.
4.   Conference: March 13, 2001.
5.   USITC vote: April 6, 2001.
6.   USITC notification of Department of Commerce: April 6, 2001.


U.S. Industry:
1.   Number of U.S. operations producing subject FGBs in 2000: Four.
2.   Production volume is concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest.
3.   U.S. producers' shipments in 2000: (1)
4.   U.S. apparent consumption in 2000: (1)
5.   Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2000: (1)  


U.S. Imports:
1.   Quantity of subject imports in 2000:  8,178 thousand packs.
2.   Value of subject imports in 2000:  $4.5 million.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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