December 13, 2002
News Release 02-113
Inv. No. 731-TA-1021 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON MALLEABLE IRON PIPE FITTINGS FROM CHINA

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 malleable iron pipe fittings from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners made affirmative 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 malleable iron pipe fittings from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about April 8, 2003.

The Commission's public report Malleable Iron Pipe Fittings from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1021 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3568, December 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after January 13, 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

Malleable Iron Pipe Fittings from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1021 (Preliminary)

Product Description:

The imported products subject to this investigation are certain malleable cast iron pipe fittings, cast, other than grooved fittings, from the People's Republic of China. The merchandise is classified under item numbers 7307.19.9030, 7307.19.9060 and 7307.19.9080 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Anvil International, Inc., Portsmouth, NH and Ward Manufacturing, Inc.,
     Blossburg, PA.
3. Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC:  October 30, 2002.
4. Commission's conference:  November 20, 2002.
5. USITC vote:  December 13, 2002.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  December 16, 2002.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2001: Two.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Pennsylvania.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2001: (1)
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2001: (1) 
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption in 2001: (1) 


U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject country during 2001:  $20,395,000.
2. From other countries during 2001:  $22,253,000.
3. Leading sources during 2001:  China and Thailand (in terms of total value).

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

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