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NEWS RELEASE 99-147; OCTOBER 28, 1999 October 28, 1999
News Release 99-147
Inv. No. TA-201-70

ITC ANNOUNCES ITS DETERMINATIONS CONCERNING IMPACT OF IMPORTS OF
CIRCULAR WELDED CARBON QUALITY LINE PIPE ON U.S. INDUSTRY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced its determinations in its global safeguard investigation regarding imports of circular welded carbon quality line pipe.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey made affirmative determinations, while Commissioner Carol T. Crawford made a negative determination. Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman and Koplan determined that circular welded carbon quality line pipe is being imported in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic circular welded carbon quality line pipe industry. Chairman Bragg and Commissioner Askey determined that circular welded carbon quality line pipe is being imported in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of the threat of serious injury to the domestic circular welded carbon quality line pipe industry. Commissioner Crawford determined that circular welded carbon quality line pipe is not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury or threat of serious injury to the domestic industry.

Under section 311 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act, the Commissioners who made affirmative determinations today are required to find whether imports of circular welded carbon quality line pipe from Canada and Mexico account for a substantial share of total imports and whether they contribute importantly to the serious injury or threat of serious injury. Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey made negative findings with respect to such line pipe from Canada and Mexico. Chairman Bragg found that imports of such pipe from Canada account for a substantial share of total imports but do not contribute importantly to the threat of serious injury to the domestic industry. She further found that imports of such pipe from Mexico account for a substantial share of imports and contribute importantly to the threat of serious injury to the domestic industry.

As a result of today's vote, made under section 202 of the Trade Act of 1974, the Commission will proceed to the remedy phase of the investigation. The Commission will hold a hearing on remedy on November 10, 1999; findings, recommendations, and statements on injury and remedy in this investigation will be forwarded to the President not later than December 27, 1999.

The President, not the ITC, will make the final decision concerning whether to provide relief to the U.S. industry and the kind of relief to provide. Under section 312 of the NAFTA Implementation Act, if the President makes negative determinations with respect to imports of circular welded carbon quality line pipe from Canada and Mexico, such imports will be excluded from any remedy action.

A public report concerning the investigation will be available after the Commission submits its findings, recommendations, and statements to the President.

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