April 25, 2001
News Release 01-056
Inv. No. 731-TA-924 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON MUSSELS FROM CANADA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of mussels from Canada that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative. As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation of imports of mussels from Canada, with its preliminary determination due on or about August 20, 2001.

The Commission's public report Mussels from Canada (Investigation No. 731-TA-924 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3416, May 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 24, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Mussels from Canada
Investigation No. 731-TA-924 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product covered by this investigation, as defined by the Department of Commerce, consists of live processed blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) from Canada. Processing includes, but is not limited to, purging, grading, debearding, picking, inspecting, and packing. Blue mussels are a bivalve shellfish, like clams but smaller and bluish-black in shell color, used mainly as seafood. The imported product subject to this investigation, live mussels, are harvested wild or farmed by aquaculture, processed in the above manner, and marketed in live form to final consumers through retail outlets, or to restaurants that further prepare them for their customers. Excluded from this investigation are mussels of species other than M. edulis as well as unprocessed mussels and mussels that are not live. The live blue mussels subject to this investigation are currently classifiable under subheading 0307.31.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of proceedings:

1. Type of petition: Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioner: Great Eastern Mussel Farms, Inc., Tenants Harbor, ME, appearing pro se.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: March 12, 2001.
4. Conference: April 2, 2001.
5. USITC vote: April 25, 2001.
6. USITC determination to Department of Commerce: April 26, 2001.


U.S. industry:

1. Number of producers in 2000: 3.
2. Location of producers' plants: Maine and Rhode Island.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2000: (1)
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2000: (1)
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2000: (1)
6. Ratio of quantity of imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2000: (1)


U.S. imports:

1. Quantity of subject imports in 2000: 17.2 million pounds.
2. Value (landed, duty-paid) of subject imports in 2000: $13.2 million.

(1) Withheld to protect business proprietary information.

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