July 9, 2001
News Release 01-093
Inv. No. 731-TA-935-942 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON CERTAIN STRUCUTURAL STEEL BEAMS FROM CHINA, GERMANY, ITALY, LUXEMBOURG, RUSSIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, AND TAIWAN

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain structural steel beams from China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of certain structural steel beams from China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan, with its preliminary determinations due on or about October 30, 2001.

The Commission's public report Certain Structural Steel Beams from China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-935-942 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3438, July 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after August 6, 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

Certain Structural Steel Beams from China, Germany,
Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-935-942 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Structural steel beams are principally load-bearing support members for a wide range of construction, original equipment manufacturing, and other applications. Beams subject to these investigations are distinguished by doubly symmetric cross-sections, with at least one cross-sectional dimension exceeding 3.2 inches but a section height (depth) not in excess of 40 inches, and weighing not more than 400 pounds per foot of length. These beams are of carbon or alloy (other than stainless) steel, whether hot- or cold-rolled, drawn, extruded, formed, or finished. Subject products include, but are not limited to, wide-flange beams, bearing or H-piles, standard or I-beams, and M-shapes.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Committee for Fair Beam Imports (Washington, DC), Northwestern Steel & Wire Co.
       (Sterling, IL), Nucor Corp. (Charlotte, SC), Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. (Blytheville, AR), and
       TXI-Chaparral Steel Co. (Midlothian, TX).
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  May 23, 2001.
4. Preliminary conference:  June 13, 2001.
5. USITC vote and USITC determinations to Department of Commerce:  July 9, 2001. 
6. USITC views to Department of Commerce:  July 16, 2001.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of domestic producers in 2000:  10.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana,
       Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2000:  3,055.
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2000:  4,881,000 short tons.
5. U.S. consumption, 2000:  6,157,000 short tons.
6. Ratio of quantity of imports from all sources to U.S. consumption in 2000:  20.7 percent.
7. Ratio of quantity of subject imports to U.S. consumption in 2000:  14.4 percent.


U.S. Imports:

1. Quantity of subject imports in 2000:  885,000 short tons.
2. Value of subject imports in 2000:  $322,494,000.

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