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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION


[Investigation No. TA-421-2]


 
Certain Steel Wire Garment Hangers From China


Determination


    On the basis of information developed in the subject investigation, 
the United States International Trade Commission determines, pursuant 
to section 421(b)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974,\1\ that certain steel 
wire garment hangers \2\ from the People's Republic of China are being 
imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under 
such conditions as to cause market disruption to the domestic producers 
of like or directly competitive products.
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    \1\ 19 U.S.C. 2451(b)(1).
    \2\ For purposes of this investigation, certain steel wire 
garment hangers consist of garment hangers, fabricated from steel 
wire in gauges from 9 to 17, inclusive (3.77 to 1.37 millimeters, 
inclusive), whether or not galvanized or painted, whether or not 
coated with latex or epoxy or other similar gripping materials, and 
whether or not fashioned with paper covers or capes (with or without 
printing) and/or nonslip features such as saddles, tubes, or struts. 
After fabrication, such hangers are in lengths from 7 to 20 inches, 
inclusive (177.8 to 508 millimeters, inclusive), and the hanger's 
length or bottom bar is composed of steel wire and/or saddles, tubes 
or struts. The product may also be identified by its commercial 
designation, referring to the shape and/or style of the hanger or 
the garment for which it is intended, including but not limited to 
shirt, suit, strut, and caped hangers. Specifically excluded are 
wooden, plastic, aluminum, and other garment hangers that are 
covered under separate subheadings of the HTS. The products subject 
to this investigation are classified in subheading 7326.20.00 of the 
HTS and reported under statistical reporting number 7326.20.0020. 
Although the HTS subheading is provided for convenience and Customs 
purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive.
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Background


    Following receipt of a petition filed on November 27, 2002, on 
behalf of CHC Industries, Inc.; M&B Metal Products Co., Inc.; and 
United Wire Hanger Corp., the Commission instituted investigation No. 
TA-421-2, Certain Steel Wire Garment Hangers From China, under section 
421 of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether certain steel wire 
garment hangers from China are being imported into the United States in 
such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or 
threaten to cause market disruption to the domestic producers of like 
or directly competitive products.
    Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigation and of 
the scheduling of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith 
was given by posting a copy of the notice on the Commission's website 
(http://www.usitc.gov) and by publishing the notice in the Federal 
Register of December 6, 2002 (67 FR 72700). The hearing was held on 
January 9, 2003, in Washington, DC; all persons who requested the 
opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.


    By order of the Commission.


    Issued: January 31, 2003.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-2778 Filed 2-4-03; 8:45 am]

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