December 12, 2000
News Release 00-151
Inv. No. 731-TA-861 (F)

CERTAIN EXPANDABLE POLYSTYRENE RESINS FROM INDONESIA DO NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain expandable polystyrene resins from Indonesia that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey each made a negative determination.

As a result of the Commission's negative determination, no antidumping duties will be imposed on imports of these products from Indonesia.

The Commission's public report Certain Expandable Polystyrene Resins from Indonesia (Investigation No. 731-TA-861 (Final), USITC Publication 3377, December 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after January 10, 2001, 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 EXPANDABLE POLYSTYRENE RESINS FROM INDONESIA
Investigation No. 731-TA-861 (Final)

Product Description:

The imported product subject to this investigation is a raw material manufactured in the form of polystyrene beads, whether of regular (shape) type or modified (block) type, regardless of specification, having a weighted-average molecular weight of between 160,000 and 260,000, containing 3 to 7 percent blowing agents, and having bead sizes ranging from 0.4 mm to 3 mm, provided for in subheading 3903.11.00 of the HTS. Specifically excluded from this definition are off-grade, off-specification EPS resins.

     
Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation: Final phase antidumping duty.
2. Petitioners:  BASF Corp (BASF), Mount Olive, NJ; Huntsman Expandable    
   Polymers Co. LC (Huntsman), Salt Lake City, UT; NOVA Chemicals, Inc.
   (NOVA), Moon Township, PA; and StyroChem U.S., Ltd. (StyroChem), Radnor,
   PA.
3. Investigation instituted by the USITC:  November 22, 1999.
4. USITC hearing: November 7, 2000.
5. USITC vote: December 12, 2000.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce: December 20, 2000.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers of subject product: 4.
2. Location of producers' plants: IL, NJ, OH, PA, TX.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1999: 376.
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports) in 1999: 584.0 million
   pounds, valued at $246.3 million.
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 1999: 745.7 million pounds, valued at $313.7
   million.
6. Ratio of subject imports from Indonesia to U.S. apparent consumption in
   1999: 1.1 percent (1).

U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject country in 1999: 9.9 million pounds, valued at 
   $3.6 million.
2. From countries not subject to investigation during 1999: 151.8 million
   pounds, valued at $63.9 million.

(1) Share of value (percent).

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