March 7, 2005
News Release 05-023
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-385-386 (2nd Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE RESIN FROM ITALY AND JAPAN

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping duty orders on polytetrafluoroethylene resin from Italy and Japan (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-385-386 (2nd Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the ITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Commission's notice of institution in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file with the Commission responses that discuss the likely effects of revoking the order under review and provide other pertinent information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the ITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

With respect to Japan, all six Commissioners concluded that both the domestic group response and the respondent group response were adequate and voted for a full review. With respect to Italy, all six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that a full review was warranted in view of the Commission's decision to conduct a full review with respect to Japan.

A record of the Commission's votes on these matters is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

The record of the Commission's votes is also posted on the ITC's Internet server at http://info.usitc.gov/oinv/sunset.NSF (under "Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin - Italy (2nd Review)" and "Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin - Japan (2nd Review)).

The Federal Register notice will indicate whether any further information or statements will be available. The Commission will issue a report after it completes its reviews.

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