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NEWS RELEASE 00-010; JANUARY 19, 2000 January 19, 2000
News Release 00-010
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-387-391 and 731-TA-816-821 (F)

CERTAIN CUT-TO-LENGTH STEEL PLATE
FROM FRANCE, INDIA, INDONESIA, ITALY, JAPAN, AND KOREA
INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made its final countervailing duty and antidumping duty determinations regarding imports of certain cut-to-length steel plate from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Korea.

The Commission made affirmative determinations that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of certain cut-to-length steel plate from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Korea that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value, and those from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, and Korea that the Department of Commerce has determined are also subsidized.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative with respect to all investigations. Commissioner Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative with respect to France and in the affirmative with respect to all other investigations. Commissioner Deanna Tanner Okun did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will direct the U.S. Customs Service to impose antidumping duties on imports of certain cut-to- length steel plate from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Korea, as well as counter- vailing duties on imports of these products from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, and Korea.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to imports from Japan. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative injury determination concerning Japan today are required to determine whether those imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty order Commerce will issue. The Commission made a negative determination concerning critical circumstances with respect to these imports. As a result of the Commission's negative determination regarding critical circumstances, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States prior to July 29, 1999, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Certain Cut-to-Length Steel Plate from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Korea (Investigations Nos. 701-TA-387-391 and 731-TA-816-821 (Final), USITC Publication 3273, January 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after February 16, 2000, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Cut-to-Length Steel Plate
from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Korea
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-387-391 (Final) and 731-TA-816-821 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations, cut-to-length (CTL) hot-rolled steel plate, is iron or non-alloy steel flat-rolled product, not in coils, nominally 4.75 mm or more in thickness and greater than 150 mm in width, as well as universal mill plate of 4 mm or more in thickness, excluding products that have been clad, plated, or coated with metal.

Status of Proceedings:

1.     Type of investigations: Final countervailing duty and final antidumping. (1)
2.     Petitioners: Bethlehem Steel Corp., Bethlehem, PA; U.S. Steel Group, a unit of USX Corp.,
       Pittsburgh, PA; Gulf States Steel, Inc., Gadsden, AL (2); IPSCO Steel, Inc., Muscatine, IA;
       Tuscaloosa Steel Corp., Tuscaloosa, AL (3); and United Steelworkers of America.
3.     Investigations instituted by the USITC: February 16, 1999.
4.     Commission's hearing: December 14, 1999.
5.     USITC briefing and vote: January 19, 2000.
6.     USITC notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: January 28, 2000.


U.S. Industry:

1.     Number of producers in 1998: 13 steel mills and at least 22 steel processors.
2.     Location of producers' plants:  Production is primarily in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana,
       Iowa, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.
3.     Employment of production and related workers in 1998: 8,547.
4.     U.S. producers' shipments in 1998: 7.9 million short tons, $3.5 billion.
5.     Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998: 9.8 million short tons,  $4.3 billion.
6.     Ratio of quantity of imports to U.S. consumption in 1998: 22.1 percent.


U.S. Imports:

1.     From the subject countries during 1998: 1.2 million short tons,  $467 million.
2.     From other countries during 1998: 1.0 million short tons,  $449 million.


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(1) Final investigation on Japan involves only antidumping.
(2) Gulf States is not a petitioner with respect to the investigations on France.
(3) Tuscaloosa is not a petitioner with respect to the investigations on France and Italy.

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