The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on heavy forged handtools from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations and the Department of Commerce's recent affirmative findings, the existing orders on imports of heavy forged handtools from China will remain in place.
Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey found that revoking the existing orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.
The Commission's public report Heavy Forged Handtools from China (Inv. No. 731-TA-457 (Review), USITC Publication 3322, July 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.
Copies may be requested after July 31, 2000, by calling 202-205-1809 or by contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax at 202-205-2104.
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 under review 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 generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury determination, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.
The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Heavy Forged Handtools from China were instituted on July 1, 1999.
On October 1, 1999, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With regard to picks and mattocks, hammers and sledges, and bars and wedges, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg and Commissioner Carol T. Crawford concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews. With regard to axes and adzes, Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman and Koplan concluded that the domestic group response was inadequate and the respondent group response was adequate, but that circumstances warranted a full review. Commissioner Askey concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were adequate and voted for a full review. Chairman Bragg and Commissioner Crawford concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were inadquate and voted for an expedited review.
Information concerning the reasons for the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews was published in the Federal Register on October 15, 1999. That notice and a record of the Commission's votes is posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Axes and Adzes from China," "Picks and Mattocks from China," "Hammers and Sledges from China," and "Bars and Wedges from China").
In addition, a record of the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews 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.