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NEWS RELEASE 98-033; MAY 15, 1998 May 15, 1998
News Release 98-033
Invs. 701-TA-375(P) and 731-TA-787(P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON EXTRUDED RUBBER THREAD FROM INDONESIA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase countervailing duty and antidumping investigations of extruded rubber thread from Indonesia.

The affirmative determinations resulted as follows. Chairman Marcia E. Miller and Vice Chairman Lynn M. Bragg voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Carol T. Crawford found two domestic like products in these investigations. With regard to food grade extruded rubber thread, she voted in the negative. With regard to all other extruded rubber thread, she voted in the affirmative.

The affirmative determinations mean that the ITC found that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of extruded rubber thread from Indonesia that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct countervailing duty and antidumping investigations of imports of extruded rubber thread from Indonesia, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about June 24, 1998, and its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about September 8, 1998.

The Commission's public report Extruded Rubber Thread from Indonesia (Investigations Nos. 701-TA-375 (Preliminary) and 731-TA-787 (Preliminary)), USITC Publication 3106, May 1998) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 12, 1998, 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.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

EXTRUDED RUBBER THREAD FROM INDONESIA
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-375 and 731-TA-787 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Extruded rubber thread consists of vulcanized rubber thread obtained by extrusion of stable or concentrated natural rubber latex, of any cross sectional shape, measuring 0.18 mm, which is 0.007 inches or 140 gauge, to 1.42 mm, which is 0.056 inches or 18 gauge, in diameter. It is produced by a low-pressure extrusion of compounded natural rubber latex. The textile industry is the largest user of extruded rubber thread, processing the product into such items as panty hose, women's lingerie, underwear waistbands, sock tops, and jogging suits. Extruded rubber thread is also used in the manufacture of items as diverse as diapers, furniture webbing, and koosh balls.

Status of Proceedings:

    1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping.
    2. Petitioner: North American Rubber Thread Co.
    3. Investigations instituted by USITC: March 31, 1998.
    4. Conference:  April 20, 1998.
    5. USITC vote: May 15, 1998.


U.S. Industry:

    1. Number of domestic producers in 1997: Two
    2. Location of producers' plants: Massachusetts
    3. Employment of production and related workers in 1997:     
    4. U.S. producers' shipments in 1997: 1/
    5. U.S. consumption, 1997: 34,414,000 pounds 
    6. Ratio of quantity of imports to U.S. consumption in 1997 (percent): 1/


U.S. Imports:

    1. Quantity of subject imports in 1997: 1/
    2. Value of subject imports in 1997: 1/

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1/ Withheld to avoid disclosure of confidential business information.