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NEWS RELEASE 99-078; JUNE 3, 1999 June 3, 1999
News Release 99-078
Invs. Nos. 303-TA-18 (Review),
731-TA-331 and -333 (Review), and
701-TA-276 and 731-TA-328 (Review)

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING FRESH CUT FLOWERS FROM ECUADOR AND MEXICO; STANDARD CARNATIONS FROM CHILE; AND POMPON CHRYSANTHEMUMS FROM PERU

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping duty orders on fresh cut flowers from Ecuador and Mexico (Invs. Nos. 731-TA-331 and -333 (Review)); the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders on standard carnations from Chile (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-276 and 731-TA-328 (Review)); and the countervailing duty order on pompon chrysanthemums from Peru (Inv. No. 303-TA-18 (Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders on these products would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. The Commission's reviews in these cases will be completed no later than January 26, 2000, unless extended.

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 ITC 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 (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time. Reviews of outstanding antidumping and countervailing duty orders in existence as of January 1, 1995, began in July 1998.

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 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 ITC'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's determinations to conduct full reviews resulted as follows.

With regard to fresh cut flowers from Mexico and pompom chrysanthemums from Peru, Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were inadequate and voted for full reviews. Commissioner Carol T. Crawford concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.

With regard to standard carnations from Chile, Chairman Bragg concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for full reviews. Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group responses were inadequate and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews. Commissioner Crawford concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.

With regard to fresh cut flowers from Ecuador, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group response was inadequate and the respondent group response was adequate and voted for a full review. Commissioner Crawford concluded that the domestic group response was inadequate and the respondent group response was adequate and voted for an expedited review.

A record of the Commission's votes on these matters 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.

The record of the Commission's votes is also posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Five-Year Reviews Listing"/"Fresh Cut Flowers from Ecuador," "Fresh Cut Flowers from Mexico," "Standard Carnations from Chile," and "Pompon Chrysanthemums from Peru").

The Federal Register notice will indicate whether any further information or statements will be available. The Commission will issue a report after it completes its reviews.

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