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NEWS RELEASE 98-071; OCTOBER 2, 1998 October 2, 1998
News Release 98-071
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-383(P) and 731-TA-805(P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON ELASTIC RUBBER TAPE FROM INDIA

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

The affirmative determinations resulted from a 5-1 vote. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative.

The affirmative determinations mean that the ITC found that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of elastic rubber tape from India 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 elastic rubber tape from India, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about November 12, 1998, and its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about January 25, 1999.

The Commission's public report Elastic Rubber Tape from India (Investigation No. 701-TA-383 (Preliminary) and 731-TA-805 (Preliminary)), USITC Publication 3133, October 1998) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after October 30, 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

Elastic Rubber Tape from India
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-383 and 731-TA-805 (Preliminary)

Product Description:

The imported product subject to these investigations is a vulcanized, non-cellular rubber strip, of either natural or synthetic rubber, 0.006 inches to 0.100 inches (0.15 mm to 2.54 mm) in thickness, and 0.125 inch to 1.625 inches (3mm to 42 mm) in width, or wider. It is principally used as the elastic in the leg openings of briefs for men's and women's underwear and in children's and women's swim wear. Elastic rubber tape is also used in limited amounts in other apparel like sportswear, pajamas and general children's wear, as well as in fitted bed sheets and in health care products.

Status of Proceedings:

  1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty
and antidumping.
  2.   Petitioners: Fulflex, Inc., Middletown, RI; and Elastomer
Technologies Group, Inc.,
       Stuart, VA, and RM Engineered Products, Inc., North
Charleston, SC.
  3.   Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: 
August 18, 1998.
  4.   Commission's conference: September 8,  1998.
  5.   USITC vote: October 2, 1998.
  6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:
October 2, 1998.

U.S. Industry:

  1.   Number of producers in 1997: Three.
  2.   Location of producer's plants: Scotland Neck, NC; North
Charleston, SC; and Stuart,
       VA.
  3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1997: 1/ 
  4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 1997:  1/
  5.   Ratio of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S.
consumption in  1997:  1/

U.S. Imports:

  1.   From the subject countries during 1997:  1/
  2.   From other countries during 1997:  1/
  3.   Leading source during 1997: India.

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1/ Withheld to avoid disclosure of confidential business information.

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