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NEWS RELEASE 02-070; August 8, 2002 August 8, 2002
News Release 02-070
Inv. No. 731-TA-1012 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON CERTAIN FROZEN FISH FILLETS FROM VIETNAM

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain frozen fish fillets from Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners made affirmative threat determinations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of certain frozen fish fillets from Vietnam, with its preliminary determination due on or about December 5, 2002.

The Commission's public report Certain Frozen Fish Fillets from Vietnam (Investigation No. 731-TA-1012 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3533, August 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after September 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 faxed to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Frozen Fish Fillets from Vietnam
Investigation No. 731-TA-1012 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the frozen fish fillets covered are frozen fillets, including regular, shank, and strip fillets, whether or not breaded or marinated, of the species Pangasius bocourti, P. hypothalmus (also known as P. pangasius), and P. micronemus, otherwise known as "basa and tra." Imports of this product currently are provided for by subheading 0304.20.60 of the Harmonized Schedule of the United States (HTS). The HTS statistical reporting numbers under which this product may have entered the United States are 0304.20.6030 (frozen fillets of catfish), 0304.20.6043 (frozen fillets of freshwater fish other than catfish), 0304.20.6057 (frozen fillets of sole), and 0304.20.6096 (frozen fillets of other (other than freshwater) fish).

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation: Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Catfish Institute of America and certain individual catfish processors.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC: June 28, 2002.
4.  Conference: July 19, 2002.
5.  USITC vote: August 8, 2002.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: August 12, 2002.


U.S. Industry:

1.  Production during calendar year 2001 (1,000 pounds): 174,160.
2.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during calendar year 2001 (1,000 pounds): 131,636.
3.  U.S. apparent consumption during calendar year 2001 (1,000 pounds): 156,974.
4.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during calendar year 
     2001 (percent): 16.1.


U.S. Imports:

1.  Quantity of subject imports during calendar year 2001 (1,000 pounds): 24,376.
2.  Value of subject imports during calendar year 2001 ($1,000): 34,370.

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