June 10, 2002
News Release 02-046
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-415 & 731-TA-933-934 (F)

PET FILM, SHEET, AND STRIP FROM INDIA AND TAIWAN 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 polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet, and strip from India that the Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and from India and Taiwan that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of this product from India and antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from India and Taiwan.

The Commission's public report Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-415 and 731-TA-933-934 (Final), USITC Publication 3518, June 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after July 9, 2002, 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.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-415 and 731-TA-933-934 (Final)

Product Description:
For purposes of these investigations, Commerce defines the scope of the subject merchandise as all gauges of raw, pretreated, or primed PET film, whether extruded or coextruded. The scope excludes metallized films and other finished films that have had at least one of their surfaces modified by the application of a performance-enhancing resinous or inorganic layer more than 0.00001 inch (0.254 micrometer) in thickness (such films being known as "equivalent" PET film). PET film is classifiable under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) subheading 3920.62.00 with the general duty rate of 4.2 percent ad valorem; the duty rate was not reduced during the Uruguay Round.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations:  Final antidumping (India and Taiwan) and countervailing duty (India).
2. Petitioners:  DuPont Teijin Films, Wilmington, DE; Mitsubishi Polyester Film of America,      
   Greer, SC; and Toray Plastics (America), Inc., North Kensington, RI.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  May 29, 2001.
4. Hearing:  May 9, 2002.
5. USITC vote:  June 10, 2002.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  June 18, 2002.

U.S. Industry (2001):

1. Number of U.S. firms:  Eight.
2. Production volume:  (1)
3. Employment of production and related workers: (1)
4. U.S. producers' commercial shipments:  366.8 million pounds (valued at $568.8 million).
5. U.S. apparent consumption: (1)
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 1998: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2001:  49.3 million pounds. 
2. Value of subject imports in 2001:  $44.9 million.  

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

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