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NEWS RELEASE 03-113; December 2, 2003 December 2, 2003
News Release 03-113
Inv. No. 731-TA-1023 (Final)

CERTAIN CERAMIC STATION POST INSULATORS FROM JAPAN INJURE 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 certain ceramic station post insulators from Japan that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of certain ceramic station post insulators from Japan.

The Commission's public report Certain Ceramic Station Post Insulators from Japan (Investigation No. 731-TA-1023 (Final), USITC Publication 3655, December 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after January 2, 2004, 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

Certain Ceramic Station Post Insulators From Japan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1023 (Final)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are station post insulators manufactured of porcelain, of standard strength, high strength, or extra high strength, solid core or cavity core, single unit or stacked unit, assembled or unassembled, and with or without hardware attached, rated at 115 kilovolts (kV) and above (550 kilovolt Basic Impulse Insulation Level (BIL) and above). The subject merchandise is classifiable under tariff classification number 8546.20.0060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Lapp Insulator Company LLC, Le Roy, NY, Sandersville, GA; Newell Porcelain
      Co., Newell, WV; Victor Insulators Inc., Victor, NY; and the IUE-CWA, AFL-CIO, 
      Washington, DC.
3.  Scheduling of final phase:  June 16, 2003.
4.  USITC hearing:  October 29, 2003.
5.  USITC vote:  December 2, 2003.
6.  USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  December 12, 2003.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2003:  Four.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Georgia, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2002:  258.
4.  U.S. shipments in 2002:  $31,582,000.
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption 
      in 2002: (1)  

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject country during 2002: (1) 
2.  From other countries during 2002: (1)
3.  Leading sources during 2002 (based on value):  Japan, Austria, and Germany.

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

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