August 28, 2001
News Release 01-112
Inv. No. 731-TA-891 (F)

FOUNDRY COKE FROM CHINA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of foundry coke from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are 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 determination, the Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commission's public report Foundry Coke from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-891 (Final), USITC Publication 3449, September 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after September 26, 2001, 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

Foundry Coke from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-891 (Final)

Product Description:  Foundry coke is defined as coke larger than 100 mm (4 inches) in
maximum diameter and at least 50 percent of which is retained on a 100-mm (4-inch) sieve, of a
kind used in foundries.  Foundry coke is the carbonized product used both as a fuel and as a
source of carbon in a cupola furnace for the production of molten iron. 

Status of Proceedings:

     1.   Type of investigation: Final phase antidumping
     2.   Petitioners: ABC Coke, Citizens Gas & Utility, Erie Coke Corp., Sloss Industries
          Corp., Tonawanda Coke Corp., and the United Steelworkers
     3.   Final determination received from Commerce: July 31, 2001
     4.   Commission's hearing: July 26, 2001
     5.   USITC vote: August 28, 2001
     6.   USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: September 5, 2001


U.S. Industry:

     1.   Number of producers in 2000: 7
     2.   Location of producers' plants: Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Erie, PA; Indianapolis, IN;
          and Tonawanda, NY
     3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2000: 1,042
     4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 2000: 1.2 million metric tons
     5.   Ratio of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. 
                    consumption in 2000: 11.5% (quantity); 9.3% (value)

U.S. Imports:

     1.   From China during 2000: 132,747 metric tons ($18.7 million)
     2.   From other countries during 2000: None


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