June 26, 2001
News Release 01-089

ITC SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT BY 10 a.m., MONDAY, JULY 2, 2001, ON DRAFT QUESTIONNAIRES FOR STEEL SAFEGUARD INVESTIGATION

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced that it is seeking immediate public comment on draft questionnaires it may use in its global safeguard investigation involving certain steel products.

The ITC is still in the process of scheduling the investigation, which was requested by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on Friday, June 22, 2001. Ambassador Zoellick asked the ITC to determine whether certain steel products are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities that they are a substantial cause of serious injury, or threat of serious injury, to the domestic industries producing like or directly competitive products. The schedule will be announced when the investigation is formally instituted.

However, given the relatively short time frame for conducting the injury phase of a global safeguard investigation, the Commission is seeking immediate public comment on the draft questionnaires it is developing in the investigation. The questionnaires will be sent to domestic producers, importers, purchasers, and foreign producers once the investigation is instituted.

The Commission is particularly interested in comments on the proposed product groupings and will consider comments on other aspects of the draft questionnaires.

The ITC will post the draft questionnaires in the "Headlines" section of its Internet web site homepage (www.usitc.gov) on Thursday, June 28, 2001. Comments on the draft questionnaires must be received in writing no later than 10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2001. The Commission's Federal Register notice indicates that no requests for late filings will be accepted. It further notes that no facsimile copies or electronic filings will be accepted.

Written comments (an original and 14 copies) must be filed with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

All comments will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Secretary and through the Commission's Electronic Document Imaging System (EDIS On-Line).

Questions should be directed to Vera Libeau in the ITC's Office of Investigations at 202-205-3176.

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