May 16, 2005
News Release 05-053
Inv. No. 731-TA-1091 (P) (Note corrected Inv. No.)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON ARTISTS' CANVAS FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of artists' canvas from China that are allegedly 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 continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of artists' canvas from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about September 8, 2005.

The Commission's public report Artists' Canvas from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1091 (Preliminary) (Note corrected Inv. No.), USITC Publication 3777, May 2005) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 13, 2005, 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

Artists' Canvas from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1091 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is artists' canvas. Artists' canvas is a medium for the graphic expression of art, particularly involving paints, inks, or another graphic medium. Artists' canvas is made of a canvas fabric that, once coated with a specific chemical product, known as gesso or primer, will allow paint to be placed upon it without penetrating the original fabric. Types of material woven into canvas that may be used to produce artists' canvas include cotton, linen (from flax), muslin, jute, and polyester. Once coated, artists's canvas can be sold in a variety of physical formats: pre-stretched canvas (coated canvas is wrapped and mounted on wooden frames and stapled either to the edge or back), rolls (of specific widths and lengths), panels (canvas glued to a chipboard surface), printable (ink-jet) canvases, canvas pads, archival boards, floor cloths, and placemats. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheadings 5901.90.20 and 5901.90.40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioner:  Tara Materials, Inc, Lawrenceville, GA.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  April 1, 2005.
4.  Conference:  April 22, 2005.
5.  USITC vote and notification of Department of Commerce:  May 16, 2005.
6.  USITC views and report to Department of Commerce:  May 23, 2005.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2005:  Eight.
2.  Production during 2004 (1,000 square meters):  (1)
3.  Employment of production and related workers:   (1)
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during 2004 (1,000 square meters):  (1)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2004 (1,000 square meters):  (1)
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 2004 (percent):  (1)

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2004 (1,000 square meters):  1,501
2.  Value of subject imports during 2004 ($1,000):  $9,795
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(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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