May 20, 2003
News Release 03-046
Inv. No. 731-TA-1010 (Final)

LAWN AND GARDEN STEEL FENCE POSTS FROM CHINA INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of lawn and garden steel fence posts from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman and Commissioner Marcia E. Miller voted in the affirmative. Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioner Stephen Koplan voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping order on imports of these products from China.

The Commission's public report Lawn and Garden Steel Fence Posts from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1010 (Final), USITC Publication 3598, June 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after June 23, 2003, 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

Lawn and Garden Steel Fence Posts from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1010 (Final)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, lawn and garden steel fence posts are defined as all "U"-shaped or "hat"-shaped lawn and garden fence posts made of steel or other metal, weighing 1 pound or less per foot. Imports of these products are classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States subheading (sic) 7326.90.85.35. Fence posts classified under subheading 7308.90 also are included within the scope of the investigation if the fence posts are made of steel or other metal. Specifically excluded from the scope are other posts made of steel or other metal including "tee" posts, farm posts, and sign posts, regardless of weight.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioner:  Steel City Corp. (Youngstown, OH).
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  May 1, 2002.
4.  Hearing:  April 22, 2003.
5.  USITC vote:  May 20, 2003.
6.  USITC determination and views to Department of Commerce:  June 2, 2003.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of reporting domestic producers in 2002:  1.
2.  Location of producer's plant:  Ohio.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2002: (1) 
4.  U.S. producers' domestic shipments in 2002: (1)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2002: (1)
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2002: (1)

U.S. Imports:

1.  Quantity of subject imports in 2002: (1)
2.  Value of subject imports in 2002: (1)
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(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.