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NEWS RELEASE 99-067; MAY 17, 1999 May 17, 1999
News Release 99-067
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-825-826 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON CERTAIN POLYESTER STAPLE FIBER FROM KOREA AND TAIWAN

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase antidumping investigations involving certain polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan.

The affirmative determinations mean that the ITC found that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey all voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct antidumping investigations of imports of certain polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan, with its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about September 9, 1999.

The Commission's public report Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from Korea and Taiwan (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-825-826 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3197, May 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 14, 1999, 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.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from Korea and Taiwan
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-825-826 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is certain polyester staple fiber, a synthetic fiber similar in appearance to cotton or wool fiber when baled. The subject polyester staple fiber is known in the industry as "fiber for fill," as it is primarily used as polyester fiberfill. The subject fiber is distinguished from other staple fiber by its diameter, 3 denier or more; length, 1 to 5 inches; and in some cases by the finish and the "crimp" of the fiber. The majority of polyester staple fiber is used as stuffing in sleeping bags, mattresses, ski jackets, comforters, cushions, pillows, and furniture.

Status of Proceedings:
  1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
  2.   Petitioners:  E.I. Dupont de Nemours, Wilmington, DE (1); Arteva 
       Specialities S.a.r.l. d/b/a/ KoSa, Spartanburg, SC; Wellman, Inc., 
       Shrewsbury, NJ; and Intercontinental Polymers, Inc., Charlotte, NC.
  3.   Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  April 2, 1999.
  4.   Commission's conference:  April 22, 1999.
  5.   USITC vote:  May 17, 1999.
  6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 17, 1999.


U.S. Industry:
  1.   Number of producers in 1998:  Five.
  2.   Location of producers' plants:  DuPont, Kinston, NC; Intercontinental 
       Polymers, Morristown, TN; KoSa, Salisbury, NC and Spartanburg, SC; 
       NanYa Plastics, Lake City, SC; and Wellman, Darlington, SC; 
       Johnsonville, SC; and Marion, SC. 
  3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  903.
  4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  822,748 (1,000 pounds).
  5.   Ratio of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption 
       in 1998: 48.3 percent, by quantity.


U.S. Imports:
  1.   From the subject countries during 1998:  402,950 (1,000 pounds).
  2.   From other countries during 1998:  7,557 (1,000 pounds).
  3.   Leading source during 1998:  Korea, 62 percent (in terms of total quantity).

(1) DuPont is not a petitioner in the investigation involving Taiwan.

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