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NEWS RELEASE 03-027; March 12, 2003 March 12, 2003
News Release 03-027
Inv. No. 731-TA-990 (Final)

NON-MALLEABLE CAST IRON PIPE FITTINGS FROM CHINA THREATEN TO INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All four Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will direct the U.S. Customs Service to impose antidumping duties on imports of non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China.

The Commission's public report Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-990 (Final), USITC Publication 3586, March 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after April 14, 2003, 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

Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-990 (Final)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are finished and unfinished non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings with an inside diameter ranging from 1/4 inch to 6 inches, whether threaded or unthreaded, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications. The subject fittings include elbows, ells, tees, crosses, and reducers, as well as flanged fittings. These pipe fittings are also known as cast iron pipe fittings or gray iron pipe fittings. They are normally produced to American Society for Testings and Materials (ASTM) A-126 and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B.16.4 specifications and are threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications. (1)

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Anvil International, Inc., Portsmouth, NH; and Ward Manufacturing, Inc.,
      Blossburg, PA.
3.  Investigation instituted by the USITC: February 21, 2002.
4.  USITC hearing: February 11, 2003.
5.  USITC briefing and vote: March 12, 2003.
6.  USITC determination sent to the U.S. Department of Commerce: March 24, 2003.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers: 3.
2.  Location of producers' plants: Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2001: (2)
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports) in 2001: (2)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2001: (2)
6.  Ratio of subject imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2001: (2) 

U.S. Imports:
1.  From China during 2001: (2)
2.  From other countries during 2001: (2) 
3.  Leading source during 2001: China.

(1) The scope does not include cast iron soil pipe fittings or grooved fittings. Fittings that are made out of ductile iron that have the same physical characteristics as the gray or cast iron fittings subject to the scope above or which have the same physical characteristics and are produced to ASME B.16.3, ASME B.16.4,or ASTM A-395 specifications, threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications, and UL certified regardless of metallurgical differences between gray and ductile iron, are also included in the scope of this investigation. These ductile fittings do not include grooved fittings or grooved couplings. Ductile cast iron fittings with mechanical joint end, or push-on end, or flanged end and produced to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) specifications AWWA C110 or AWWA C153 are not included.

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

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