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NEWS RELEASE 03-119; December 29, 2003 December 29, 2003
News Release 03-119
Inv. No. 731-TA-1059 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON HAND TRUCKS 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 hand trucks from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six 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 hand trucks from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about April 21, 2004.

The Commission's public report Hand Trucks from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1059 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3660, December 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after January 19, 2004, 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

Hand Trucks from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1059 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is hand trucks manufactured from any material, whether assembled or unassembled, complete or incomplete, suitable for any use, and certain parts thereof, namely the vertical frame, the handling area and the projecting edges or toe plate, and any combination thereof. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheadings 8716.80.5010 and 8716.90.5060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Gleason Industrial Products, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, and Precision
      Products, Inc, Lincoln, IL.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  November 13, 2003.
4.  Conference:  December 4, 2003.
5.  USITC vote:  Decemeber 29, 2003.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 29, 2003.


U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2002:  13.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,
      Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2002: 
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2002:  $86,196,000.
5.  Ratio of the value of U.S. imports from China to U.S. consumption in 2002: 17.2 percent.

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject country during 2002:  $14,839,000.
2.  From other countries during 2002:  $4,712,000.
3.  Leading source during 2002:  China.

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