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NEWS RELEASE 04-104; September 29, 2004 September 29, 2004
News Release 04-104
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1054-1055 (Final)

LIGHT-WALLED RECTANGULAR PIPE AND TUBE FROM MEXICO AND TURKEY DOES NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of light-walled rectangular pipe and tube from Mexico and Turkey 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 negative.

As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, no antidumping duty orders will be issued on imports of these products from Mexico and Turkey.

The Commission's public report Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Mexico and Turkey (Investigation No. 731-TA-1034 (Final), USITC Publication 3728, October 2004) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after November 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

Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Mexico and Turkey
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1054 and 1055 (Final)

Product Description: The products covered by these investigations are light-walled rectangular (LWR) pipe and tube from Mexico and Turkey, which are welded carbon-quality pipe and tube of rectangular (including square) cross-section, having a wall thickness of less than 0.156 inch. These LWR pipe and tube have rectangular cross sections ranging from 0.375 x 0.625 inches to 2 x 6 inches, or square cross sections ranging from 0.375 to 4 inches, regardless of specification. The predominant end-uses for LWR include fencing, window guards, cattle chutes, railings for construction and agricultural applications, and ornamental (but also functional) items such as furniture parts, athletic equipment, lawn and garden equipment, store shelving, towel racks, and similar items. The imported merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 7306.60.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  California Steel and Tube, City of Industry, CA; Hannibal Industries, Los
     Angeles, CA; Leavitt Tube Co., Chicago, IL; Maruichi American Corp., Santa Fe Springs,
     CA; Northwest Pipe, Co., Portland, OR; Searing Industries, Inc., Rancho Cucamongo, CA;
     Vest Inc., Los Angeles, CA; and Western Tube & Conduit Corp., Long Beach, CA.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC: September 9, 2003.
4. USITC hearing: August 31, 2004.
5. USITC briefing and vote: September 29, 2004.
6. USITC determinations due to Commerce: October 12, 2004.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. firms in 2003: 15.
2. Locations of producers' plants: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois,
     Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
     Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.
3. Employment of production and related workers: (1)
4. U.S. producers' shipments (excluding exports) in 2003: (1)
5. U.S. apparent consumption during 2003: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports during 2003: (1)
2. Ratio of quantity of subject total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 2003: (1)

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

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