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NEWS RELEASE 03-092; September 12, 2003 September 12, 2003
News Release 03-092
Inv. No. 731-TA-1014 and 1017 (F)

POLYVINYL ALCOHOL FROM CHINA AND KOREA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of polyvinyl alcohol from China and Korea that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of polyvinyl alcohol from China and Korea.

The Commission's public report Polyvinyl Alcohol from China and Korea (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1014 and 1017 (Final), USITC Publication 3634, September 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after October 15, 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

Polyvinyl Alcohol from China and Korea
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1014 and 1017 (Final)

Product Description: For purposes of these investigations, the product covered is polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrolyzed in excess of 80 percent, whether or not mixed or diluted with commercial levels of defoamer or boric acid, except as excluded from the scope as defined by the Department of Commerce (see DOC Federal Register notice -- Japan: 68 FR 19510, April 21, 2003). PVA is used primarily as an intermediate in the production of polyvinyl butyral, which is an adhesive used in the manufacture of automotive safety glass and load-resistant architectural glass. PVA is also used in the textile and paper industries in sizing formulations; as a binder in adhesive and soil binding formulations; and as an emulsion or polymerization aid in colloidal suspensions, water-soluble films, cosmetics, and joint compounds. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:   Celanese Chemicals, Ltd. of Dallas, TX and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
      of Wilmington, DE.
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC:  September 5, 2002
4.  Final phase of these investigations begun:  February 26, 2003.
5.  Hearing:  May 8, 2003.
6.  USITC vote: September 12, 2003.
7.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: September 24, 2003.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2002:  Three.
2.  Production during 2002: (1)  
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2002: (1)
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments 2002: (1)
5.  Apparent U.S. consumption during 2002: (1)
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to apparent U.S. consumption during 2002: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of U.S. imports from China and Korea during 2002:  17.5 million pounds.
2.  Value of U.S. imports from China and Korea during 2002:  $11.5 million.

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

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