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USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan

August 27, 2020
News Release 20-101
Inv. No. 701-TA-415 and 731-TA-933-934 (Third Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film, sheet, and strip from India and Taiwan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the existing orders on imports of these products from India and Taiwan will remain in place. 

Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.  Chair Jason E. Kearns did not participate in this vote.

Today’s action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.  See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.

The Commission’s public report Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-415 and 731-TA-933-934 (Third Review), USITC Publication 5117, September 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

The report will be available by October 8, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


BACKGROUND

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 USITC 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 (USITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Commission’s institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other 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 USITC’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.

The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews.  Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission’s prior injury and review determinations, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film, Sheet, and Strip from India and Taiwan were instituted on July 1, 2019.

On April 6, 2020, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With respect to India, Commissioners David S. Johanson and Randolph J. Stayin concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews; Commissioner Jason E. Kearns concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate but that circumstances warranted full reviews; and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein and Amy A. Karpel concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.  With respect to Taiwan, all five Commissioners concluded that the respondent group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate; Commissioners Johanson, Kearns, and Stayin voted for a full review, and Commissioners Schmidtlein and Karpel voted for an expedited review.

A record of the Commission’s vote to conduct full reviews 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.

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